The 26th Operation Red Nose campaign in Kamloops finished a successful season by providing 634 rides over 16 nights of service and raising over $25,000 in donations. In comparison, in 2021, Operation Red Nose provided 318 rides over 13 nights. Escort drivers drove a total of 9,505 kilometers over the 16 nights of service. Kamloops finished first in the province by providing the most rides out of seven host communities. Prince George finished with 497 rides and Williams Lake finished with 274 rides. Kamloops also finished 5th in Canada out of 74 host communities.
New Year’s Eve was a busy night for all the volunteer teams that drove party goers safely home. This was the busiest night of the campaign and kept volunteers out until the wee hours. The 30 volunteers for the night helped Operation Red Nose provide 70 rides and raise $2,400 in donations.
The success of the campaign would have not been possible without the support of the community. Operation Red Nose had 110 volunteers fill 330 volunteer positions over 16 nights of service. Many new and returning volunteers helped to keep our streets safe this holiday season. “A huge, heartfelt thank you to all our amazing volunteers and clients who support Operation Red Nose by using the service, and to the many companies that donate their products, services, or money to keep the program running,” says Elsa Poppleton, Operation Red Nose Coordinator.
The donations raised from the campaign go to PacificSport Interior BC. All proceeds will go toward developing services and programs for amateur sport in the Kamloops region. PacificSport is a not-for-profit society and a legacy of the 1993 Canada Summer Games. Since the beginning of Operation Red Nose, PacificSport has provided $317,000 to 764 athletes for travel for National Championships, and $73,000 has been given to affiliated coaches for professional development. Thanks to the success of this latest campaign, those numbers will increase.