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Operation Red Nose gives 382 safe rides

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Operation Red Nose is over once again for another year as the holiday season came to a close, it’s organized every year with the help of The Pas Road Runners Swim Club. Earlier this week Operation Red Nose released its local stats on how it went this year.
“With Christmas now over, so is the end of the 2017 Operation Red Nose Campaign. This year was a success with 160 volunteers, 382 rides, 883 passengers and over 5,460 kilometres driven,” wrote a representative from Operation Red Nose in an email to the Opasquia Times.
Last year Operation Red Nose recorded 172 volunteers, 921 passengers, 426 rides and over 5,600 kilometres driven.
There were also draws made for prizes for those volunteers who took part in Operation Red Nose. Lisa Skulmoski won a flight for two with Calm Air, Jim Lamontagne won a tablet along with a case which was donated by Shane’s Music, and Sue Lambert won a Bluetooth speaker, also donated by Shane’s Music.
“The Pas Road Runners Swim Club is very thankful to the communities of The Pas, (and) Opaskwayak Cree Nation for their support of the program. The Operation Red Nose program raises money for a variety of programs, and here in The Pas the proceeds go to The Pas Road Runners Swim Club. Without the ongoing support of the communities, Operation Red Nose would not be able to continue and The Pas Road Runners Swim Club would not receive the support needed to run,” the representative also added.
Operation Red Nose received support from a number of local businesses, something that they are very grateful for among others who helped this year.
“I would just like to say thank you to all the businesses. It amazes me how much our businesses and our people here in this town support our organization so well and we have a few volunteers that volunteered for the last 20 something years every year, and of course our swim parents,” said Tara Poulin, Chairperson of Operation Red Nose alongside honorary chairperson for 2017 Rhonda Head.
Poulin would also like to thank her committee who helped her plan and organize Operation Red Nose, that it would have been “impossible to have such a successful year,” without their support.
She is glad that people have been using the service as it is much better than drinking and driving.
“A lot of people were using it so that was great nobody was drinking and driving. There was a lot of people that said I’m so glad you guys are running tonight, otherwise we didn’t know if we’d go out, so that was nice,” Poulin added.

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Trevor Wright
REPORTER
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