October 22nd, 2020

Operation Red Nose will not operate in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns


By Jensen, Randy on October 10, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE herald

Operation Red Nose Lethbridge will not be providing its safe ride service during the 2020 holiday season, it was announced Wednesday. Given the current public health situation with COVID-19 and considering its logistical impacts, Operation Red Nose has decided not to provide its safe ride service nationally, which includes the Lethbridge region.

“The safety of our volunteers, clients and local host organizations has always been one of our top priorities,” said Jean-Philippe Giroux, executive director for Operation Red Nose in a news release

In November, Operation Red Nose Lethbridge will reveal the details of its 2020 awareness campaign, which will exclude the safe ride service.

Operation Red Nose Lethbridge is thanking all volunteers and sponsors for their support year after year, it said in the release.

“The 2020 campaign will certainly be different, but we know that we will be able to count on their support to get through this unusual period and meet again in 2021, with our red vests on, to safely drive people home in our community.”

The Operation Red Nose Lethbridge’s safe-ride service has been provided for 25 years by Pronghorn Athletics and the Pronghorn Booster Club. Every year, the safe-ride service helps raise approximately $40,000 in donations in the community, which helps fund Pronghorn Athletics.

Operation Red Nose Lethbridge urges people to always plan for a safe way to get home by calling a relative, a cab, or designating a sober driver.

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