Op­er­a­tion Red Nose launch fu­elled by vol­un­teers

Seaway News - - NEWS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Op­er­a­tion Red Nose ( ORN), the free ride pro­gram that takes driv­ers, pas­sen­gers and ve­hi­cles home in De­cem­ber, kicked off to a strong start on its open­ing weekend.

Lee Theodore, ORN chair, de­scribed the first night of opeation as a brand new kind of suc­cess.

“Our vol­un­teer base is chang­ing. Our call for vol­un­teers was well- re­ceived and it shows in the amount of fun, safe rides and money we raised this weekend,” said Theodore.

On Dec. 6 and 7, 54 ORN vol­un­teers got be­hind the wheel so peo­ple who had a few too many didn’t have to. A to­tal of 56 ve­hi­cles made it home safely thanks to the hol­i­day ser­vice.

“Weekend one is a suc­cess with to­tal ride do­na­tions just breach­ing the $ 1000 mark,” he said.

If you want a lift home from ORN there is one catch - you must have a ve­hi­cle. If you’re on foot pa­trol, Theodore is en­cour­ag­ing you to call a lo­cal taxi ser­vice in­stead.

ORN op­er­ates well into the night and as bars are clos­ing their doors, vol­un­teers are al­ready in mo­tion.

“It’s amaz­ing to see ran­dom peo­ple com­ing to­gether, con­tribut­ing pos­i­tive en­ergy all night and be­ing on teams when hours prior they were un­known to each other,” he said.

ORN vol­un­teers are asked to use their own ve­hi­cles. A re­im­burse­ment process is avail­able. Since driv­ing is done in teams of three, the re­spon­si­bil­ity gets shared be­tween au­to­mo­biles.

To be­come a vol­un­teer or find out more, call 613- 935- 6761 or visit ORN on Face­book: https:// www. face­book.com/Corn­wal­lRedNose. Con­tact Theodore di­rectly at l ee@ corn­wal­lkin. com, or visit www. corn­wal­lkin. com.

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