Bringing you home for the holidays
8th Operation Red Nose Campaign in Saskatchewan, from November 25 to December 31
Nov. 15, 2016
The 33rd national Operation Red Nose campaign has kicked off, promising meaningful encounters, memorable moments and lots of fun! Operation Red Nose has teamed up once again with its provincial partner, SGI, in order to provide drivers who have been drinking and do not feel fit to drive with an alternative way of getting home safely. The service will be offered from November 25 to December 31, in 102 Canadian communities, including 4 in Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and The Battlefords.
This year's campaign theme, Bringing you Home for the Holidays, reminds people that using the Operation Red Nose service is the best way to end an evening, because it will get them home safely, thanks to the priceless collaboration of hard-working volunteers criss-crossing the province's roads while wearing the famous red vest, a national road safety symbol that never goes out of style.
Community mobilization that benefits youth and amateur sports
The first movement to mobilize citizens around road safety, Operation Red Nose has been contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities since 1984, by making their roads safer, all the while fundraising for youth and amateur sports organizations. Mr. Jean-Marie De Koninck, Operation Red Nose President and Founder, pointed out that, "At the heart of our operation are men and women who come together every year during the holiday season, and even afterwards, because they want to make their communities even better. These people include, of course, our treasured volunteers, but also our service users, our organizers and countless partners." Although the service is offered free of charge, generous donations from service users consistently reach 1.5 million dollars every year, funds that go on to finance a variety of local youth projects.
SGI: Providing the people of Saskatchewan with safe ride options
"Whether it's a child waking up Christmas morning without a parent, an empty seat at a holiday celebration or a spouse left without their life long partner, the impacts of impaired driving will be felt throughout the province this holiday season," said Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave. "Through our continued sponsorship and support of safe ride options like Operation Red Nose, we can help bring people home safely this holiday season, preventing these tragedies before they occur."
Technology: Helping volunteers and users alike
Operation Red Nose wants to make it as easy as possible for people to call on its volunteer drivers and is therefore constantly striving to integrate innovative and improved ways of doing so. The Operation Red Nose mobile application, available in both official languages, is back this year and is an excellent tool for ensuring that people can celebrate safely during the holiday season. It allows people to quickly find the phone number and operating hours of the Operation Red Nose organization closest to them. It is also possible to set an alarm to have a reminder for when it is time to call Operation Red Nose for a safe ride home. Those who wish to help people of Saskatchewan get home for the holidays can join the big Red Nose family by becoming volunteers. It is as easy as filling out the application form, available online at operationrednose.com.
About Operation Red Nose
Operation Red Nose is a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage responsible behaviour with regard to impaired driving in a non-judgmental manner by enabling communities to provide a free and confidential chauffeur service to their members. The money it raises is redistributed to local organizations dedicated to youth and amateur sports, and invested in responsible drinking and road safety awareness campaigns.