Glebe holiday fundraisers will run, walk and sleep out doors for those in need
Thousands of Santas – and many of his little helpers – will invade the Glebe December 3, as they walk trot, and run their way to helping families in need this holiday season.
The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle Santa Run & Elf Walk will take families donning Santa suits and elf hats along the Rideau Canal, to Dow’s Lake, and back to Lansdowne in supreme holiday fashion.
The event is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit in the Glebe, while raising much-needed money for families in need during Christmas.
Salvation Army Special Events Coordinator Tammy Kohls says event typically brings in over $40,000.
“All proceeds from the Santa Shuffle help our programs continue to serve children, women, men in our communities who are in most need from our programs,” says Kohls.
“We look forward to seeing everyone out to support the Santa Shuffle. The day is designed for families, groups and individuals of all ages at all fitness levels to raise some cheer and funds at Christmas time for those in our communities that rely on The Salvation Army’s programs and services.”
The event is in its 23rd year and happens in 41 cities across the country, with Ottawa hosting the largest event. This will be the second year the shuffle is held at Lansdowne, with a whopping 1,500 walkers and runners taking part last year. Kohls is hoping for around 2,000 to show up this year. Interested participants can register online until December 2nd, as well as in person at the event on December 3rd. Check out www.santashuffle.ca for more information on this fantastic event!
In keeping with the spirit of giving back, close to 500 youth are expected to show up at TD Place Dec. 1 for the SleepOUT for Youth event that will see them spend a night in the cold to raise funds and awareness for youth homelessness in the city.
But perhaps even more than raising money and awareness is the perspective these youth gain in experiencing first-hand the struggles of living on the street.
“There are many young people that don’t have a safe warm bed to go home to at night,” says Youth Services Bureau Events Coordinator Beth Evans.
“The SleepOUT is a great opportunity to reflect on the things we often take for granted, and experience a very small sliver of what it might be like to be homeless. This is YSB’s flagship fundraiser, raising critical funds for our youth emergency shelters. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the fact that there are more than 1,000 homeless youth in Ottawa – far too many.”
The event is the largest fundraiser for homeless use in Ottawa, and raised an impressive $150,000 last year. The event has raised a whopping $385,000 to date. Organizers are hoping to bring in another $250,000 this year alone.
Registration is now open. Click here to join the movement to SleepOut for Youth.