Operation Red Nose records 10,000th safe ride home

The volunteer program raises funds for PacificSport Fraser Valley

Operation Red Nose volunteers (from left) Rob Redekop

The Operation Red Nose program for Abbotsford and Mission reached an important milestone over the weekend during its sixth night of service for the season.

Volunteers delivered the program’s 10,000th safe ride home at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The seasonal designated driver service has grown steadily since its beginnings in 1996, when host organization PacificSport Fraser Valley first introduced the Quebec-born program to the province and the Abbotsford and Mission communities.

For the 19th consecutive year, PacificSport is co-ordinating the program in Abbotsford and Mission as its primary fundraiser.

Linda Palm, general manager for PacificSport Fraser Valley, said the program has grown thanks to “the tremendous support” from its partner organizations, volunteers and sponsors.

Donations collected through the Abbotsford-Mission Operation Red Nose service enable PacificSport to provide sport programs and services throughout the Fraser Valley, as well as provide grants to amateur athletes and coaches.

In 2014, more than $7,200 in travel, performance and professional development grants were dispersed to regional athletes and coaches.

For more information, visit pacificsportfraservalley.com.

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