Rudy, the Operation Red Nose mascot, is ready for another season of the program.

Rudy, the Operation Red Nose mascot, is ready for another season of the program.

Operation Red Nose holds launch event for Abbotsford-Mission

Annual service provides safe rides home over holiday season

Operation Red Nose (ORN) in Abbotsford-Mission holds a campaign launch on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The event runs from 1 to 2 p.m. at Magnuson Ford (32562 South Fraser Way) and includes a contest open to the public.

Individuals are invited to pick up an ORN volunteer application form during that time for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

The event also includes treats and hot beverages.

ORN runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, offering motorists a safe ride home while raising money for local organizations.

Individuals can contact ORN during the nights of service – Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and New Year’s Eve – between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., and a team of three volunteers will get them home safely.

One volunteer drives the caller’s vehicle, a second volunteer navigates and the third follows in an escort car to pick up the two volunteers once they drop off the individual(s).

The program in Abbotsford-Mission is co-ordinated by Pacific Sport Fraser Valley.

Those interested in volunteering can obtain an application form online at pacificsportfraservalley.com/orn.

Once the service is operating, calls for pickup can be placed at 604-864-4814 on the night needed.

The service is free, but donations are accepted for non-profit youth and amateur sports organizations.