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