Nez Rouge makes its 2,000,000th ride!

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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32nd edi­tion of Op­er­a­tion Nez Rouge be­gan over the week­end in 104 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, 63 of them in Que­bec. Af­ter sev­eral weeks of prepa­ra­tion, more than 50,000 vol­un­teers are now ready to put on the fa­mous red tu­nic and hit the roads un­til De­cem­ber 31st, making sure hol­i­day rev­el­ers get home safe and sound.

Along with their provin­cial part­ners, the So­ciété de l’as­sur­ance au­to­mo­bile du Québec (SAAQ) and Des­jardins, Op­er­a­tion Nez Rouge is invit­ing all Que­be­cers to help make sure that the hol­i­day evenings all fin­ish hap­pily by ei­ther reg­is­ter­ing to be a Nez Rouge vol­un­teer or by call­ing the ser­vice for a ride home when needed.

The first ac­com­pa­ni­ment team to kick off this year’s ser­vice was hon­orary pres­i­dent Nathalie Trem­blay, the pres­i­dent of the SAAQ, Suzanne Gen­dron, vice-pres­i­dent of Pro­gramme Ac­tion per­for­mance and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Mou­ve­ment Des­jardins, and Guy­laine

Beaupré, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Opéra­tion Nez rouge.

History was made on the night of Satur­day, Novem­ber 28th, when Op­er­a­tion Nez Rouge car­ried out its 2,000,000th ac­com­pa­ni­ment. To mark the event, Brasserie La­batt joined with the ser­vice to high­light the es­sen­tial par­tic­i­pa­tion of those who made this suc­cess pos­si­ble: the vol­un­teers. Num­ber­ing 1.1 mil­lion since 1984, they have, through their sup­port, con­trib­uted to much safer roads across the coun­try. The team that made the his­toric ride won a trip for six peo­ple to New York to see a pro­fes­sional sports event. What’s more, ev­ery night dur­ing the cam­paign a fi­nal­ist will be cho­sen from among the vol­un­teers in each re­gion where the ser­vice is of­fered. Those fi­nal­ists will be au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered into a con­test with a chance to win a week’s va­ca­tion for two to Hawaii to see the NFL’s Pro Bowl.

By the com­mu­nity and for the com­mu­nity, the funds that are raised through the Op­er­a­tion Nez Rouge ser­vice stay in the com­mu­ni­ties where they are col­lected and are in­vested into lo­cal youth and youth sports pro­grams.

To con­tact the clos­est Op­er­a­tion Nez Rouge, those want­ing to vol­un­teer to drive or to use the ser­vice af­ter some hol­i­day par­ty­ing can call 1 866 Des­jardins, or check out the new Nez Rouge in­ter­net site that has been adapted for mo­bile phones or the smart phone app which is now bilin­gual.

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