Operation Red Nose at your service



    EDMONTON, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - In 2006, 766 vehicles, owners and their friends
made it safely home after a party because of the volunteer efforts of 492
individuals driving 28,982 kilometers, helping dispatch teams, answering
phones, training volunteers and much more over 13 evenings during the festive
season.
    Operation Red Nose is a volunteer driving service that provides a free
chauffeur service to motorists unable to drive their own vehicle home during
the holiday season. We make sure that the motorist and his or her vehicle
arrive safely at their destination. Once again we hope to see over 100 driving
teams on the road New Year's Eve alone! In order to do this we require
volunteers for driving and assisting behind the scenes to allow our teams to
operate.
    This is the 14th year of operation in Edmonton. It will officially start
on November 25, 2007 (Grey Cup Sunday) and it runs until New Year's Eve from
our headquarters courtesy of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Lodge 146 location at 15220 - 114 Ave in Edmonton.
    The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona hosts Operation Red Nose and is
responsible for the dispersal of the funds raised. This season the objective
is to donate $30,000 towards youth projects in the Greater Edmonton Area. Last
year nearly $ 18,000.00 was distributed to several youth programs in the
Greater Edmonton Area. Four high school students received scholarships, many
students were given an opportunity to attend camps and Camp HeHoHa received
$ 7,300.00 in name of our facility host, the International Brotherhood of
Boilermakers Local 146.
    This year Operation Red Nose will operate in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St.
Albert, Spruce Grove, Beaumont and Fort Saskatchewan. This year the campaign
starts on Grey Cup Sunday - November 25, ends on New Year's Eve (our biggest
night) and will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a total of 17
nights.
    Yes - a new location is being included this season - Fort Saskatchewan!
Teams of volunteers from the Fort Saskatchewan area are coming on board to
service our north-eastern neighbours.
    Since its first year in 1984, Operation Red Nose has provided more than
11,000 rides to clients nationally. Over the past 13 years here in Edmonton,
almost 7000 volunteers have contributed to the Edmonton service and have made
a difference in making Edmonton streets safer during the festive season.
    Originating in Quebec City in 1984, and operating in six provinces,
Operation Red Nose is celebrating 24 years of dedication to the fight against
impaired driving across Canada this season. The campaign is also a successful
fundraising activity for more than 150 Canadian organizations working with
young people, having raised more than $1 million annually.
    For more information on Operation Red Nose in Edmonton call (780)
702-8000, fax (780) 702-8025 or email Edmonton@OperationRedNose.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Orville Sleen, Past President,
Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona, Tel.: (780) 991-0276; Lezley Zwaal,
Campaign Director, Operation Red Nose Edmonton, Tel: 780-983-3210


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