BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – As the holiday party season slowly ramps up, so does the need for people to find a safe ride home after having a few drinks.
Operation Red Nose provides a responsible alternative to impaired driving, free of charge, and it’s kicking off its campaign this Friday. “Our volunteers will be out driving people home from Christmas parties, from pubs, you name it. Any time somebody feels that they’ve been drinking or need a ride home, we can give them a ride home in their own car,” says Coordinator Chris Wilson.
The ORN mobile app will also be available to get you the local number to reach a volunteer with ease.
The service is available in more than 100 communities across Canada, including 12 here in BC. However, Wilson says the City of Vancouver is not one of them. “The program in each region of the city is run by local non-profit organizations, and we’ve never had [one] in the City of Vancouver to step up and provide the service.”
He adds the program is fairly volunteer-intensive, and would require a large number of volunteers to service the area. Even though the ride is free, Wilson encourages users give a donation, since all proceeds go to non-profits in their communities.
The Operation Red Nose campaign runs until December 31st.