Operation Red Nose Makes an Impact this Holiday Season

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2023 Red Nose Stats

Total amount raised $22,765

Number of volunteers 115

Rides offered 113

Kilometers driven 3,248
YMCA Northumberland partnered with Cobourg, Port Hope and Ontario Provincial Police Services to reduce the incidence of impaired driving by offering Operation Red Nose Northumberland to our communities throughout the 2023 holiday season.

Operation Red Nose Northumberland provided free rides home, with generous support from sponsors, to ensure everyone in the community arrived home safely. In total, 115 volunteers provided 113 rides and drove 3,248 km across Northumberland County. Thanks to the contributions of sponsors and donors, $22,765 was raised, which will be used to provide access to YMCA programs and services to hundreds of individuals in Northumberland.

“We are very pleased to report another successful Operation Red Nose Northumberland,” says Eunice Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Northumberland. “Our dedicated volunteers contributed 740 hours over nine nights of operation in November and December, ensuring that both drivers and vehicles got home safely. YMCA Northumberland is pleased to have
partnered with the Cobourg, Port Hope and Ontario Provincial Police Services, our Community Partners, sponsors and volunteers to collectively build stronger, healthier and safer communities throughout Northumberland.”

“Each holiday season, police services across Ontario encourage sober driving and work to ensure communities are free of impaired drivers. There is no excuse for driving impaired. YMCA Northumberland and its dedicated volunteers reinforce this message and amplify safe road efforts by providing a safe and reliable ride home through Operation Red Nose. ORN helped keep our roads safe once again this year. Thank you to the YMCA staff and volunteers for their continued commitment to building safe, healthy, and inclusive communities.”- Chief Paul VandeGraaf,
Cobourg Police Service

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