Operation Nez Rouge in full swing
By Alyssa De Rosa
Tis’ the season for office Christmas parties which means unlimited liquid poison, so before getting behind the wheel, pick up the phone and call for back up, in this case Nez Rouge. Until December 31, 2013, volunteers in Quebec, wearing the infamous red vest will provide party-goers who feel unfit to drive with a safe alternative to get back home, as they have been for 30 years. Last week the organism celebrated their 1 millionth volunteer mark as they drove around the streets of Quebec last Saturday.
Every year Operation Nez Rouge creates a campaign, this year being “Planning Some Holiday Cheer? Call a deer!” Their mission is simple: get people home safe after they’ve had too much to drink. The services are free, however, they do accept donations which benefit local organizations dedicated to youth. “Today, more than 100 organizations across Canada benefit from the proceeds of the Operation Nez Rouge campaign. Each year, between $1,200,000 and 1,300,000 are redistributed to non-profit youth organizations and/or amateur sports organizations.” (www.operationnezrouge.com) Last year the operation raised $1.5 million.
Want to volunteer? Nez Rouge is always looking for people until the end of this season on December 31. Visit their website to learn more.