CBC News | New Brunswick

Operation Red Nose will ride again in the Saint John area.

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The program provides free rides during the Christmas season to prevent people from drinking and driving.

it was halted a few years ago, when the local operators couldn’t find an insurance company willing to cover the volunteers and clients.

Paul Boudreau and Jen Butler have managed to resurrect the service. They are colleagues at Belmont Health and Wealth and members of the Rothesay Rotary Club, which is now the main sponsor of the service.

Speaking to Information Morning Saint John, Butler said they have been working on reviving the program since this time last year. She said the biggest hurdle was finding an insurance company.

The Co-operators was working with a similar program in the northern part of New Brunswick, Butler said, “and they agreed to come on board with us this year.”

Paul Boudreau said he and Butler “want people to make it home safely…[t]his is a service that can make a huge difference here in the area.”

Boudreau says he lives in the Kennebecasis Valley, and knows very well the difficulty in attending parties in town. “It’s that debate of, ‘Do I have a drink, do I not have a drink? How do we get home, do I pay for a taxi?’…that kind of thing.”

Operation Red Nose is currently looking for volunteers to help with the driving and co-ordination, such as answering phones. The program will run on successive weekends leading up to Christmas, beginning on Nov. 20.

Boudreau says the feedback he and Butler have had to the news they are reviving the program has been tremendous.

“The feedback we have gotten has been amazing. [People are asking], ‘Where have you been?'”

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page, Operation Red Nose Greater Saint John.

The service is free, but donations are being collected for P.R.O. Kids, which stands for positive recreational opportunities.

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