Over $43,000 Raised for Operation Red Nose

2,500 Manitobans knew they were too wobbly to drive this holiday season and called Operation Red Nose.

Numbers released late Tuesday said the volunteer-run designated driver service helped people in eight communities across the province.

“We are thankful to the nearly seventeen hundred folks who volunteered across Manitoba,” said Mike Waite, president & CEO, Safety Services Manitoba. “Together we were able to make the streets that much safer for our communities.”

“Thompson was a real success story this year,” Waite said in a news release. “They gave 247 rides compared to 189 in 2008. That’s an increase of 30 per cent, and their donations grew by the same amount.”

Operation Red Nose — which marked its 15 anniversary this past season — raised over $43,000 to support youth sports programs across the province.