The start of the 2012 Operation Red Nose Campaign in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New Westminster got off to "an amazing start," according to coordinator Chris Wilson.
During the first weekend of this year's campaign, volunteers gave 84 rides for a total of 2,687 kilometres driven, and raised $3,015 for KidSport.
That compares to 40 rides during the first weekend of the 2011 campaign, as well as 1,338 kilometres driven and $1,455 raised for KidSport.
"We're very excited about the first week's numbers and are looking forward to the rest of the campaign," Wilson said in an e-mail to The NOW.
"Our first night ever in Burnaby delivered 14 rides and New West had six. We had 53 volunteers giving up their Friday or Saturday night to make sure people got home safely. There's a strong demand for the service, so we're still looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested in helping out should e-mail email@example.com."
Volunteers are needed for the following dates:
. Dec. 7 and 8
. Dec. 14 and 15
. Dec. 21 and 22
. Dec 31
All proceeds benefit KidSport, which raises funds to help children from low-income families play organized sports.
To use the Operation Red Nose service, call 778-866-NOSE (6673).