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  • Successful season for ORN

    Fri, Jan 18th, 2013 By in NEWS

    More than 3,700 Manitobans are home safe this new year after using the Operation Red Nose service over the holiday season.

    “We can’t thank our host communities and volunteers enough for helping us make this program such a success,” says Judy Murphy, President and CEO, Safety Services Manitoba. “Their dedication spread the holiday cheer and made Manitoba streets and communities safer. And, of course, they couldn’t have done it without our provincial sponsors – Manitoba Public Insurance, MTS, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Manitoba Hydro, Intact Insurance, Great-West Life, Manitoba Lotteries and City Press.”

    Operation Red Nose (ORN) is a free, volunteer-run designated driver service that operates during the holiday season. Volunteers assemble into three-person teams which provide motorists who do not feel fit to drive with a ride home in their own vehicle. Donations are gratefully accepted and support Manitoba youth sports organizations.

    Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has a long and successful history as the founding sponsor of ORN. As a road safety leader in Manitoba, MPI is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths and injuries.

    “Nearly 4,000 Manitobans made the right decision and chose not to drink and drive over the holiday season,” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice-President, Community and Corporate Relations, Manitoba Public Insurance.

    “True to our mission of working with Manitobans to reduce risks on the road, Operation Red Nose is a key partner in reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths and injuries on our provincial roadways.”

    This past holiday season, 2,137 volunteers gave 3,709 rides across the province, up from 3,367 rides in 2011. Over $72,000 was raised for youth sports programs (an increase of almost $10,350 compared to last year).

    “This year we welcomed Shilo to the Operation Red Nose family. They gave 116 rides over the season and raised almost $850,” says Murphy. “We’re confident that they will continue to grow, just as other programs have. Gimli had the greatest increase in rides, at 40 per cent, which translated into nearly $1,000 more in donations compared to last year.”

    “Our service is there throughout the holiday season only, but there are always options if someone doesn’t feel fit to drive,” says Murphy. “Taking a cab, a limo, a bus or calling a friend are year-round alternatives for drivers who’ve had too much to drink.”

     

    Operation Red Nose 2013 holiday season numbers

    Total Rides – By community

    Arborg/Riverton

    52

    Brandon

    373

    Flin Flon

    204

    Gimli

    213

    Portage La Prairie

    457

    Selkirk

    250

    Shilo

    116

    The Pas

    341

    Thompson

    410

    Winnipeg

    1,293

    Total Manitoba

    3,709

     

    Total Volunteers – By community

    Arborg/Riverton

    70

    Brandon

    194

    Flin Flon

    152

    Gimli

    160

    Portage La Prairie

    207

    Selkirk

    191

    Shilo

    102

    The Pas

    117

    Thompson

    141

    Winnipeg

    803

    Total Manitoba

    2,137

     

    Total donations – By community

    Arborg/Riverton

        $818.80

    Brandon

    $4,370.00

    Flin Flon

    $3,283.00

    Gimli

    $3,737.00

    Portage La Prairie

    $8,381.81

    Selkirk

    $4,790.01

    Shilo

    $834.75

    The Pas

    $3,740.12

    Thompson

    $9,223.73

    Winnipeg

    $33,457.45

    Total Manitoba

    $72,646.67


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