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It was an early Christmas present for some folks in Brandon, Manitoba from CUPE. On December 9 local union members gave people who were out enjoying the spirit of the season a free and safe ride home for them and their vehicle during Operation Red Nose.

It went off really well, said spokesperson Lila Magee, who helped coordinate CUPE members who volunteered to take part in the annual Kiwanis Club event.

More than two dozen CUPE members joined in the effort, forming three-person teams who responded to each request for a safe ride home. One person was designated to drive the party-goers vehicle to their house as well. Magee said members enjoyed talking to riders about CUPE.

When they found out we were with CUPE, they wanted to know what CUPE was all about. It was really informative for them.

Magee said the event was a real success and that more members wanted to take part but registered too late for the required police check on all drivers.

Its a very fun and enjoyable evening. Lots of laughs with food because they had donuts and pizza donated and lots to keep us occupied while were waiting for calls.

CUPE members who took part in the event work for the City of Brandon, the General Hospital, Central Park Lodge, the Brandon Clinic, Brandon University Day Care