Lead Operation Red Nose sponsor named

Abbotsford's Valley Laser Eye Centre will be this year's podium sponsor

Operation Red Nose is coming back to the region again this year.

Operation Red Nose is coming back to the region again this year.

Abbotsford-based Valley Laser Eye Centre (VLEC) is the podium sponsor for the upcoming Operation Red Nose (ORN) program in Abbotsford and Mission.

VLEC has committed $5,000 to PacificSport Fraser Valley, the host organization which has coordinated the seasonal safe ride home program since 1996.

For approximately four months each year, PacificSport adds ORN to its workload of developing and delivering sport programs and services to 11 communities in the Fraser Valley region.

VLEC founder Dr. John Blaylock, an Abbotsford resident with an extensive sport background, sees a clear connection to PacificSport and ORN.

“As a facility committed to safety and excellence in care, we welcome this opportunity to recognize the value of the Red Nose service and the work that PacificSport does in our region,” he said.

ORN is a free designated driver service provided during the holiday season. Client donations are used to provide grants (to regional athletes and coaches) and for sport development programs and services. With the support of volunteers and community partners, PacificSport Fraser Valley coordinates the ORN service in Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

ORN will operate Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 31 and service is available from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. by calling 1-877-604-6673.