The Prince Albert Lions Club is seeking local youth organizations or sports teams who would like to receive funds from this year’s Operation Red Nose donations.
As sponsor of the local Operation Red Nose program, the Lions Club is responsible for distributing donations each year from residents who take advantage of the free service, which is aimed at reducing impaired driving during the holiday season.
“Our commitment with Operation Red Nose is that we don’t charge anything for the services that we provide -- however, (those who use the service) are suggested that they can make donations if they wish,” Lions Club member and Operation Red Nose chairman James Wilm said.
“The donations can be made to the Lions Club, who in turn must take these funds by the Operation Red Nose rules and return it back to the community to youth programs.”
Total donations to Operation Red Nose this year in Prince Albert amounted to exactly $3,444.65.
By comparison, last year the program raised between $2,600 and $2,700 locally, which the Lions Club decided to donate primarily to area schools after receiving requests.
The donations accrued to schools facing shortfalls in certain areas, such as a lunch program at W.J. Berezowsky School or new programs at St. Anne Catholic School.
“This year we’ve got a few dollars more,” Wilm said. “So we thought we’d just kind of open it up to the community and suggest that (to) everybody from the community that has a right to some of it … and that way return it back to those organizations that are working with youth in our community.”
This year we’ve got a few dollars more, so we thought we’d just kind of open it up to the community. James Wilm
Any youth organization in the city -- sport-related or otherwise -- is eligible to apply for funds, including local schools.
Final decisions as to who will receive funds lie with a committee comprised of Lions Club members and now also community volunteers.
“Our committee this year is not only the Lions Club, but the volunteers who helped us … It’s an overall group of people who provided those services (and) are now having a say in how the money goes back into the community,” Wilm said.
The committee will review all applications before writing out cheques to the organizations they perceive as having the greatest needs, in an effort to maximize the effect of funds donated back to the community.
The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Those interested in applying should contact Wilm at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (306) 764-3632.
Applications may also be sent directly to the Lions Club at Box 518.