Saturday, January 11, 2014

 

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Safe & Happy

Chilliwack Mounties thank Red Nose volunteers, 700 sleigh rides raise over $11K

Released by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, RCMP UFVRD

 

he roads, streets and highways of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley were again made safe this holiday season thanks to the efforts of Operation Red Nose volunteers.

 

From November 30 to December 31, 2013 144 volunteers gave countless hours delivering holiday merrymakers home safely after their Christmas festivities. Operation Red Nose was once again coordinated by the Sardis Kiwanis Club.

 

Last year’s partnership with the Chilliwack Crime Prevention Society was continued again this year and their office at 45877 Wellington Avenue became Operation Red Nose headquarters.

 

A total of 414 volunteer shifts were accumulated by 106 volunteer teams who travelled 15582 kilometers and raised $11647.91 in donations which will go to support youth programs in Chilliwack. 


Corporal Doug Kivinen, of the Crime Prevention Society, advised that “During the 2013 Operation Red Nose campaign, 696 potential impaired drivers were provided a safe, alternative way to get home.

 

I personally wish to thank each of the Operation Red Nose volunteers for their time and effort in keeping the streets of Chilliwack much safer during this holiday season.

 

Perhaps most of all, I would like to recognize those who enjoyed festivities with friends and family but were responsible enough to utilize the services of Operation Red Nose rather than getting behind the wheel of their car; well done and thank you.”


Operation Red Nose could not have been the success it was without the support of numerous local businesses that provided meals for the volunteers and vehicles for transportation. The Crime Prevention Society provided office space and administrative support. This collaborative community effort resulted in no fatal motor vehicle incidents hence a very safe and happy holiday season.

 

 

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