21st Annual Operation Red Nose Campaign Service Starts This Weekend in Kamloops

Release date: 
November 21, 2017

21st Annual Operation Red Nose Campaign Service Starts This Weekend in Kamloops
Kamloops, BC –
Starting on Friday, November 24, with the help of red-vested volunteers, Operation Red Nose, host PacificSport Interior BC, and provincial sponsor ICBC are ready to make roads safer this holiday season. This year, the campaign will be running over 18 nights of service, including Thursday nights in December, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve. The dates of operation are November 24 and 25 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 31. The hours of service are 8:00 pm to 3:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays and 8:00 pm to 2:00 am on Thursdays. For a safe ride home, call 250-372-5110.
In 2016, Operation Red Nose raised close to $33,000 in client donations, filled 620 volunteer positions, and covered 23,408 km. All donations go to PacificSport Interior BC in support of amateur athletes and coaches in Kamloops. PacificSport Interior BC has given over $257,000 to 614 athletes for travel to national championships and almost $52,000 to affiliated coaches for professional development. The donations will also help support the organization’s new partnered physical literacy programs with the Canucks Autism Network, called “I CAN Be Active” and “I CAN Play Sports.
Operation Red Nose relies on volunteers to help drive people and their vehicles home safely during the holiday season. This year, Operation Red Nose hopes to recruit 250 volunteers and currently needs 155 more volunteers to reach this goal.
The volunteer application procedure has changed from previous years. Volunteers must compete the Operation Red Nose Volunteer Application Form and have a Police Information Check completed by the RCMP. Volunteers must drop off the Police Information Check along with the Operation Red Nose letter to the RCMP Detachment or the North Shore Community Policing Office, and then pick up the results once they are complete. The volunteer application forms are available at the Tournament Capital Centre, the ICBC Claim Centre, Volunteer Kamloops, and Desert Gardens Community Centre or at www.operationrednose.com.  
For more information on volunteering, please contact Katie Klassen at 250-320-0650 or kklassen@pacificsport.com.

Media Contact:
Katie Klassen, Coordinator
PacificSport Interior BC