Operation Red Nose officially launched its 2012 campaign on Friday.
The free, volunteer-run service provides designated drivers during the holiday season to ensure motorists make it home safely. Holiday revellers are driven home in their own vehicles without getting behind the wheel.
“Operation Red Nose is a great program. It’s all about keeping Manitobans and their communities safer during the holidays, and that’s something we truly value here at SSM,” said Judy Murphy, president and CEO of Safety Services Manitoba. “We’re also excited to announce a new member of the Operation Red Nose family as we welcome Shilo as our tenth location.”
The program provided 3,367 rides last year with the help of 1,951 volunteers. While the rides are free, donations are accepted and go to support youth sports and community programs in the province. In 2011, $62,289 was collected.
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Operation Red Nose will operate in 10 communities throughout the province, including in Arborg/Riverton, Brandon, Flin Flon, Gimli, Portage, Selkirk, The Pas, Thompson, Shilo and Winnipeg.
This year’s service begins November 30 and will operate on weekends until New Year’s Eve between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.