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Operation Red Nose cancelled in Prince George this holiday season

Operation Red Nose won't be available in Prince George this year to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus.
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Operation Red Nose announces that its safe ride service will not be taking place in Prince George this year.

Operation Red Nose that offers Prince George party-goers a safe ride home will not be made available this year. This is the second time it's been cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We believe the right decision was made,” Andrea Johnson, Prince George Operation Red Nose spokesperson, said. “We care about the safety of our clients and volunteers and we just can’t guarantee that everyone would be safe offering these rides. Cases of Covid are still climbing in Northern BC and we just can’t put anyone at risk.”

The Rotary Club of Prince George-Nechako as local host organization for Operation Red Nose Prince George has made the decision not to host the safe ride campaign this holiday season. “We were hoping to be able to hold our safe ride service in all communities this year, but circumstances vary from region to region, and it’s simply not possible to do so everywhere,”  Anne-Marie Audet, executive director at the national Operation Red Nose office, said.

In the absence of the safe ride service in the community, Operation Red Nose Prince George encourages everyone to always plan to get home safe by calling a friend or a cab, or by designating a sober driver.

Operation Red Nose will be available in Kamloops, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Tri-Cities whose organization possesses the necessary material and human resources to hold a campaign. They will be active between Nov. 26 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The Rotary Club of Prince George-Nechako has been the local host organization for Operation Red Nose Prince George since 2000. Through this commitment, the organization promotes the adoption of responsible behaviours to prevent impaired driving.

Every year, the volunteer-based safe ride service generates proceeds that help support local youth and amateur sports initiatives. All funds raised during the campaign are turned over to the Rotary Club of Prince George-Nechako and go towards youth and amateur sport organizations in Prince George. The local rotary club will continue to fundraise throughout the year to continue their support.