Had a little too much? Call Nez Rouge

Dec. 5 marked start of the 31st Operation Nez Rouge

By Rhonda Massad

It is party time again and we all want to have fun. If you have a bit too much to drink call one of 56,000 Red Nose volunteers to drive you home.

The mission that started with one concerned math teacher in 1984, Jean-Marie De Koninck, to encourage responsible behaviour with regard to impaired driving has never wavered.

The free service enables communities to provide confidential chauffeur service to their members. All financial benefits are redistributed to local organizations dedicated to youth. Donations are recommended. The average donation is $20.

Customers from Quebec City, Montréal, Sherbrooke, Laval, Longueuil, Outaouais, Trois Rivières, Drummondville, Saguenay and Rimouski can use the phone or the new mobile app to learn wait times.

Today, more than 100 organizations across Canada benefit from the proceeds of the Operation Red Nose campaign. Each year, between $1,200,000 and $1,300,000 are redistributed to non-profit youth organizations and/or amateur sports organizations. Red nose is sponsored by the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec and Caisse Desjardins.

To learn more about the service check out www.operationnezrouge.com or in Quebec call 1-866-DESJARDINS (337-5273).
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