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Successful season for ORN

More than 3,700 Manitobans are home safe this new year after using the Operation Red Nose service over the holiday season.

“We can’t thank our host communities and volunteers enough for helping us make this program such a success,” says Judy Murphy, President and CEO, Safety Services Manitoba. “Their dedication spread the holiday cheer and made Manitoba streets and communities safer. And, of course, they couldn’t have done it without our provincial sponsors – Manitoba Public Insurance, MTS, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Manitoba Hydro, Intact Insurance, Great-West Life, Manitoba Lotteries and City Press.”

Operation Red Nose (ORN) is a free, volunteer-run designated driver service that operates during the holiday season. Volunteers assemble into three-person teams which provide motorists who do not feel fit to drive with a ride home in their own vehicle. Donations are gratefully accepted and support Manitoba youth sports organizations.

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has a long and successful history as the founding sponsor of ORN. As a road safety leader in Manitoba, MPI is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths and injuries.

“Nearly 4,000 Manitobans made the right decision and chose not to drink and drive over the holiday season,” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice-President, Community and Corporate Relations, Manitoba Public Insurance.

“True to our mission of working with Manitobans to reduce risks on the road, Operation Red Nose is a key partner in reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths and injuries on our provincial roadways.”

This past holiday season, 2,137 volunteers gave 3,709 rides across the province, up from 3,367 rides in 2011. Over $72,000 was raised for youth sports programs (an increase of almost $10,350 compared to last year).

“This year we welcomed Shilo to the Operation Red Nose family. They gave 116 rides over the season and raised almost $850,” says Murphy. “We’re confident that they will continue to grow, just as other programs have. Gimli had the greatest increase in rides, at 40 per cent, which translated into nearly $1,000 more in donations 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 Murphy. “Taking a cab, a limo, a bus or calling a friend are year-round alternatives for drivers who’ve had too much to drink.”

 

Operation Red Nose 2013 holiday season numbers

Total Rides – By community

Arborg/Riverton

52

Brandon

373

Flin Flon

204

Gimli

213

Portage La Prairie

457

Selkirk

250

Shilo

116

The Pas

341

Thompson

410

Winnipeg

1,293

Total Manitoba

3,709

 

Total Volunteers – By community

Arborg/Riverton

70

Brandon

194

Flin Flon

152

Gimli

160

Portage La Prairie

207

Selkirk

191

Shilo

102

The Pas

117

Thompson

141

Winnipeg

803

Total Manitoba

2,137

 

Total donations – By community

Arborg/Riverton

    $818.80

Brandon

$4,370.00

Flin Flon

$3,283.00

Gimli

$3,737.00

Portage La Prairie

$8,381.81

Selkirk

$4,790.01

Shilo

$834.75

The Pas

$3,740.12

Thompson

$9,223.73

Winnipeg

$33,457.45

Total Manitoba

$72,646.67