Events

The Santa Shuffle

start_finishThe Santa Shuffle is a 5 km run/race or 1 km walk in support of the Salvation Army that takes place in 31 cities across Canada every December. Last year, over $50,000 was raised by 1,150 participants in Toronto alone.

This year, the Santa Shuffle takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek Park (1132 Leslie Street; Major intersection: Leslie & Eglinton). Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., the opening ceremonies take place at 9:30 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.

With onsite entertainment, prizes for the top runners, hot chocolate, marshmallows and other delicious eats, the Santa Shuffle promises to be a good time!

Sign up today! www.santashuffle.ca

What is the Santa Shuffle’s impact?

crowd_shotFunds raised through the Santa Shuffle directly support the Salvation Army Gateway, a 118-bed shelter for men located at 107 Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto. The Gateway offers three balanced meals a day, laundry facilities, showers, computer access, a library, access to our clothing room as well as a monthly meeting for residents to voice their concerns and hopes.

The Gateway also runs a drop-in from 1 to 7 pm 5-days a week and provides hot meals, recreational programming as well as safety, warmth and a place for friendships to develop.  For anyone living on the street, in the shelter or in low-income housing, having a place to go and a community to belong to makes a world of difference.

Whether providing practical support such as case management, housing advice and addictions counseling or tending to the health and spiritual care of our community, the Gateway’s programs serve to strengthen the individual. The Gateway is “The Hand of God in the Heart of the City.” Accordingly, all Santa Shuffle donations have a direct and meaningful impact on the work of the Gateway.

How can you help?funny-faces

Individuals and teams

  • Register and fundraise: Invite family and friends! You can invite co-workers too or even create a corporate team.
  • Volunteer: Our event wouldn’t even be possible without the support of great volunteers!

Corporations

  • Sponsorship: A large part of the Santa Shuffle’s success is thanks to generous sponsors. Contributions of $6000 (Gold), $3000 (Silver) or $1500 (Bronze) are greatly appreciated.
  • Gifts-in-kind: Branded gift baskets for top fundraisers and/or CPG or product samples for our race bag are also welcomed.

For further information or to get involved, please contact
Stacey Gordon, Race Director
416-368-8710, ext. 222; staceygordon@thegateway.ca