Once again, Operation Red Nose ensured that thousands of Manitobans arrived home safely this holiday season. Over 3,000 people in eight communities across the province used the service.
“We are thankful to all of the people that volunteered to help with this campaign,” says Gord Gillis, President & CEO, Safety Services Manitoba. “Together with them and the support of our provincial sponsors (Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Telecom Services, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Manitoba Hydro, Intact Insurance and Manitoba Lotteries) we were able to make the streets that much safer for our communities.”
Operation Red Nose is a free, volunteer-run designated driver service that operates during the holiday season. It provides motorists who do not feel fit to drive with a ride home in their own vehicle. This is a free service, but donations are gratefully accepted.
“Our real success stories this year had to be Selkirk,” says Gillis. “They gave more than double the amount of rides than they did last year and their donations also increased by more than 100 per cent.”
This past holiday season, over $55,000 was raised across the province for youth sports programs (an increase of over $12,000 compared to last year).
“Our service is there throughout the holiday season only, but there are always options if someone doesn’t feel fit to drive,” says Gillis. “Taking a cab, a limo, a bus or calling a friend are year-round alternatives for drivers who’ve had too much to drink.”
For more information about the program, please visit https://safetyservicesmanitoba.ca/rednose/