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LETHRBIDGE:  With the Christmas Holiday season just over a month away it is not too early to start planning on how to deal with the festivities that go along with it. The University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Athletics can help with the safety element.


Most company Christmas parties will begin before the end of this month and with them, there is usually a liberal amount of liquid cheer. That's where Operation Red Nose comes in. The holiday service will be back for its 19th year, helping to combat impaired driving while acting as a fundraising avenue for Pronghorn Athletics. 


Local Operation Red Nose coordinator Sandy Slavin says it's the 30th year the program has run nationally. In Alberta, Lethbridge is one of only three locations to run Operation Red Nose, the other two being Cold Lake and Fort Saskatchewan.


Over the past 18 years, more than $500,000 has been raised in support of Pronghorn teams and the Prairie Baseball Academy, which also provides volunteers for the service.


During the Christmas holiday season, individuals who have been drinking or who do not feel fit to drive can be driven home in their own vehicle by a team of Red Nose volunteers. There is no fee for the service, but donations are accepted.


The Red Nose service is provided by teams of volunteers. An escort driver transports volunteers to pick up clients, the designated driver drives the clients vehicle with the client in it and the navigator rides along in the clients vehicle and completes the paper work.


Pronghorn Athletics supplies the majority of volunteers but, community volunteers are also needed and, in the past, Operation Red Nose has been supported by community groups, businesses and individuals.


The operation also required sponsors for products and services or financial donations for those products, as all food and refreshments for volunteers, gas, phone service, and insurance coverage is donated. This season, Alpine Insurance and Intact Insurance have stepped forward and co-sponsored the insurance coverage.


Volunteers are always needed, especially on New Year s Eve. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Pronghorn Athletics at 329-2681. Reservations for rides can be made through this same number.


Operation Red Nose service dates are as follows:


Most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December and New Year s Eve. (Nov 29, 30, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 31)

Hours of Operation are 9:30 PM  3:00 AM


Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 4/17/2014 9:46:22 AM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News
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