Participate in a Fun Run and Change Lives

Santa Shuffle participants raise awareness and funds for The Salvation Army
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It’s fun, festive and great exercise. The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle is also an easy way to support struggling people in your community.

Every year, in 41 cities across Canada, over 16,000 participants secure pledges, dress in festive gear, walk or run, and brave the weather to make a difference in their local communities.

“Over $600,000 was raised last year,” says Erin McGrath, National Race Director. “Participants helped to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and families at Christmas and throughout the year. And everyone who completes the course receives an eye-catching Santa Shuffle medal.”

In partnership with Running Room Ltd., The  Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle 5k Fun Run & 1K Elf Walk raises funds for Salvation Army social and community programs such as food banks, housing supports, job and skills training, budgeting and education classes, which help people find a way out of poverty, permanently.

“One in 10 Canadians are impacted by low incomes.  One in seven children goes to school hungry. Thirty-thousand Canadians are homeless each night. With your help, we can change that,” says Major Les Marshall, The Salvation Army’s Secretary for Public Relations and Development.

“I participate because it’s for a good cause,” says one participant, who is running in his ninth shuffle. “For me, it’s more than about fun. It helps programs that feed the hungry, house the homeless and teach life skills that promote healthy, productive lives. This year, my five-year-old son is participating in the Elf Walk for the first time. He’s already asking ‘Daddy, is this the day?’”

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