Operation Red Nose says it’s greatly in need of more volunteers to help pick people up and bring them home on New Years Eve.
Tri-Cities coordinator Chris Wilson says the more volunteers they can get, the more rides they can give.
“It’s not too late, we’d love to have them out. It’s a lot of fun, you meet lots of great people, you feel like you’re really making a difference by keeping the roads safe and at the same time all the donations by clients go to local charities.”
The safe ride service has already contributed one and a half million dollars to youth initiatives nation-wide, Wilson says.
“The more volunteers, the more rides.”
— Operation Red Nose (@ORNose) December 15, 2016
The service runs between Chilliwack and the North Shore, he says.
Unfortunately the City of Vancouver hasn’t gotten on board.
“You would have quite a bit of demand from the local bars, the hotels that have Christmas parties and New Years Eve parties. It’s a fairly large undertaking and I think it’s a little bit intimidating for non-profit organizations to take on and run.”
There’s been an interest to start one but for various reasons it hasn’t worked out, says Wilson.
Last year, in the Tri-Cities area Wilson says they had 120 volunteers on NYE.
For those needing transportation outside of Vancouver that night, make sure to call early as Wilson believes it will be a ‘record breaking night.’
You can book a ride by calling 1-877-604-NOSE (6673) or by using their mobile application.
To volunteer, fill out an application here.
With Files from Isabella Zavarise