Operation Red Nose to launch in the Queen City
Nov. 13, 2013
58,000 Canadian Operation Red Nose volunteers are getting ready for this year’s special campaign, when the safe ride service will celebrate its 30th annual campaign. With the help of its founding partner, SGI, the Operation Red Nose service will be offered from November 29th to December 31st, 2013, in 106 host communities across Canada, including 4 Saskatchewan communities.
The 30th campaign
With this year’s theme Planning some holiday cheer? Call a deer!, Operation Red Nose is inviting all Saskatchewan residents to Call a deer and plan a safe ride home. They can also participate in the campaign by taking part in a memorable evening of volunteering, on the road or in one of the headquarters, or by supporting their local host organization financially. If Operation Red Nose can celebrate 30 years of successful activity, it’s because of the exceptional community involvement of the volunteers from year to year since 1984.
From 1984 to one million volunteers
Who could have predicted that a simple idea in 1984 could have mobilized, almost 30 years later, more than one million volunteers? "Our projections allow us to already state that Operation Red Nose will welcome its one millionth volunteer during the second weekend of operation, without being able at this time to know the precise date that this will happen," says Jean‐Marie De Koninck, Founding President of Operation Red Nose. The exact date will be confirmed after the first few nights of operation, at the beginning of December. "Very few organizations reach one million volunteers in their history, and Operation Red Nose is very proud to add its name to that short list."
SGI: A proud sponsor from the start
“SGI is committed to helping people plan a safe ride home, so it’s fitting they’ve been the Saskatchewan sponsor of Operation Red Nose for the past five years,” said Darryl Hickie, Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for SGI (Traffic Safety). “The Battlefords, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and now Regina have all joined forces with Operation Red Nose to help people get home safely, and now we challenge other communities to get involved so we can all help save lives on Saskatchewan roads.”
Operation Red Nose in Saskatchewan
Operation Red Nose is a program offered for the community by the community and is hosted locally by a non‐profit organization that plans, with the help of the National office in Quebec City, the safe ride home service. One hundred percent of the client donations are given to local youth or amateur sport organizations. Last year alone, it is close to $1,500,000 that were given to these organizations from coast to coast.
With this year’s addition of Regina, the Operation Red Nose service now covers 4 Saskatchewan communities: Saskatoon, Prince Albert, The Battlefords, and Regina. For those interested in joining the tradition, volunteer application forms are available at OperationRedNose.com.