By Sarah Klein
Operation Red Nose helped thousands of Manitobans get home safely this holiday season, driving 3,923 people in 11 communities.
The free service saw 2,319 volunteers lend a hand, increasing ridership by 201 people from 2012. Over $76,724.00 was raised for youth sports programs — an increase of 5% compared to last year.
“The success of this program ultimately depends on the great work done by local hosts and volunteers,” said Judy Murphy, president and CEO of Safety Services Manitoba. “Without their dedication to making Manitoba roads safer during the holidays, the program would not be the great success it is.”
Operation Red Nose also serviced LaBroquerie and Steinbach this season, providing 163 rides and raising $3,800.
Nationally, 82,530 rides were provided across Canada with the help of 56,437 volunteers.