Global TV news anchor, Steve Darling (pictured above), was the MC at our launch, held on Wednesday November 18th at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. A keen supporter of both Operation Red Nose and our beneficiary, KidSport, Steve introduced the key speakers at the event.
These included: Coquitlam City Councillor, Dennis Marsden, Inspector Bryon Massie from the RCMP’s Coquitlam detachment, Kathleen Nadalin, ICBC’s Road Safety Coordinator, as well as Chris Wilson, Operation Red Nose Chairperson (Tri-Cities, New Westminster and Burnaby).
2015 marks the 20th annual ORN campaign in BC and an estimated 300 volunteers from our specific areas are expected to hit the road to ensure as many people as possible get a safe ride home.
The 2015 campaign also marks an important chapter in the history of Operation Red Nose across Canada, since the organization will reach the impressive milestone of 2 million rides sometime on November 28th.
WHAT IS OPERATION RED NOSE?
Operation Red Nose is a unique program dedicated against drinking and driving. Essentially, it is a driving service provided by volunteers during the Christmas Holiday season to all drivers who have been drinking or who do not feel fit to drive their own vehicle back home. It is an original and free way of getting a safe ride in their own vehicle without driving it themselves!
The service is not intended just for people who have been drinking alcohol. Any person who does not feel fit to drive, due to tiredness or other reasons, can call the services of Operation Red Nose.
A person may call once or more than once during the same evening, either to go from one place to another, or simply to go home. The service is free. However donations are gladly accepted and go to KidSport, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under in low-income families.
Our local chapter, which covers Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities, supports KidSport Tri-Cities, KidSport Burnaby and KidSport New Westminster.
We look forward to getting you home safely. Please note that you must have a car for us to drive as we are not a taxi service. As well, you will need to have room and seatbelts in your vehicle for our designated driver AND navigator. Other passengers may also ride in your vehicle as long as there are enough seatbelts for passengers as well as our designated driver AND navigator. Thanks!
Dates of operation 2018:
November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 31.
Hours of operation:
Tel: 778-866-6673 (NOSE)
OPERATION RED NOSE IN THE NEWS
Thanks to so many of our local media for helping us spread the word about our 2014 campaign. Not only did we appear in print in many of the newspapers, we also received lots of online exposure. Check out some of the articles:
Global News (1)
Van City Buzz
Global News (2)
The Province – Editorial
BC Local News
Global News – Counter Attack
TriCity News – Volunteers
The 2014 campaign for Operation Red Nose in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New Westminster was another very successful one. Not only were the number of rides up, but the average and overall donations were up too. As usual, New Year’s Eve was by far the busiest night.
This year, 1011 rides were given over the nine nights, compared to 936 last year, however this 8 per cent increase pales in comparison to the overall donation increase. The 2013 campaign saw $27,600 in client donations, while this year that figure jumped to $32,940 – an increase of 19 per cent.
Program Coordinator Chris Wilson, attributes this to a number of factors. “I think there’s better awareness of the program, how it works and that the donations go to KidSport. The community has been very supportive of KidSport over the years so when they get a chance to support it, they’re pretty generous. We also provided rides for a number of Christmas parties and many of the companies were very generous too.”
Sponsorship was also strong this year. “We had great support from Metropolis at Metrotown and the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, so all our costs and more were covered by sponsorship. This ensures that 100 per cent of client donations to go to KidSport.” Approximately 150 lower income kids will now get a chance to play a season of sport in the community as a result of the donations.
Once again, New Year’s Eve was the busiest night and organizers were able to meet the demand by working hard to recruit more volunteers for that night. More than 100 volunteers were kept very busy providing 180 rides in the area. “We’ve been very lucky to have been able to recruit so many volunteers specifically for New Year’s over the last number of years. This year we had 59 people volunteer just for New Year’s Eve … that’s pretty phenomenal and in general, the volunteers have been absolutely amazing. We had 275 volunteers this year.”
The Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New Westminster chapter of Operation Red Nose is now the largest in Metro Vancouver and the third largest in BC, behind Kamloops and Prince George, but organizers are always looking for more volunteers and sponsors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’ve had phenomenal turn-outs for volunteers so far, but it looks like we’re going to be short on New Year’s Eve, so we’re putting out a call for very special people to come out for a very special cause. Oh, and by the way – it’s also a lot of fun! Plus you get to feel good knowing that not only have you made our roads safer, you have also helped more kids to play sports. Now what can be better than that?
All volunteers are required to complete our volunteer form and to have a criminal record check done. We have separate forms for Burnaby, New Westminster and Tri-Cities, and each one explains what to do and where to go. Either download the forms by clicking on the city links here, or visit our Volunteers page for more information. Please get your forms in as soon as possible.
What a fantastic campaign we are having. We have had three extremely successful weekends so far, thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!
Compared to last year we have seen an increase both in rides and donations:
Weekend 1, 2013 – weekend 1, 2014 : 25% increase in rides and donations.
Weekend 2, 2013 – weekend 2, 2014 : 12% increase in rides and 20% increase in donations.
Weekend 3 saw us breaking all records. Adding up all three weekends, our totals for the season so far are: 575 rides and $19,059.70 in donations!
Overall last year we gave 936 rides, so it looks like we’re well on track to exceed 1000 rides this year!