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Friday, January 2, 2015
Operation Red Nose in Kamloops Provides Most Rides in BC for 2014 Campaign
Kamloops, B.C. – The 18 th Operation Red Nose campaign in Kamloops finished a successful season by providing 1265 rides over 11 nights of service and raising close to $30,000 in donations. This was up from 1129 rides and $27,817 in donation in 2013. Kamloops finished 1st in the province by providing the most rides out of the 13 host communities!
New Year’s Eve was a busy night for the 22 volunteer teams that drove party goers safely home after the New Year was celebrated. The help of last minutes volunteers helped Operation Red Nose drive more people home on the busiest night of the campaign. Volunteers were able to provide 182 rides and raise $4723.50.10 in donation. This is a new record for most rides provided in a night and most donations raised in a night.
The success of the campaign would have not been possible without the support of the volunteers. Operation Red Nose had 220 volunteers fill over 600 volunteer positions over the 11 nights of service. There were many new volunteers this year that helped in keeping the streets safe this holiday season. These volunteers drove 25,070 kilometers over the 11 nights to get clients and their vehicles home safely.
The donations raised from the campaign go to PacificSport Interior BC. All proceeds will go toward developing services and programs for amateur sport in the Kamloops region. PacificSport is a “not for profit” society, and a legacy of the 1993 Canada Summer Games. Since starting in Kamloops in 1997, PacificSport has given almost $250,000 in athlete travel support, $30,000 in coach travel support and a variety of equipment bought to help support athletes and their training. PacificSport has 120 athletes and 33 local sport organizations.
Katie Klassen, Program Coordinator