Over 1000 doing the Santa Shuffle at Mount Royal Park
Santa Shuffle on Mount Royal – Hundreds of Santa Claus characters were seen swarming around the chalet of Mount Royal Park on Saturday, December 2. The Times initially assumed that this was a recruitment drive by Saint Nicholas, offering temporary positions just ahead of the busy Christmas toy season, but it turned out instead to be a charity run in aid of the Salvation Army. Participants in the 27th annual Santa Shuffle were encouraged to wear Santa suits for the 5km and 1km events.
“This was my first year for the Santa Shuffle,” explained one of the Santas we stopped to talk to, Jeffrey Mackie of Verdun. “I liked the fact that I could do a run–a healthy activity–and also aid an organization that helps people year round. The run itself had a great atmosphere as folks of all ages and abilities participated. Along with challenging ourselves with 5km on the mountain I think there was a festive camaraderie amongst the runners. “
The Times also spoke to Paule, Cédric, and Lucille who looked forward to a fun run in aid of a worthy charity. The runs were along the car-free roads on top of Mount Royal with views looking down on the city.
The Times also contacted the Salvation Army for more information. “Over $24,000 was raised this year by some 1,100 participants,” explained Special Events Coordinator, Lester Shepherd. “This was our 27th Annual Santa Shuffle. The funds will be used for our Emergency Disaster Service to continue to offer support during Disaster and other emergencies in Quebec.”
The Salvation Army offers an emergency response and counselling program when disaster strikes, according to its website. Relief efforts were offered in response to the railway disaster in Lac-Mégantic, in 2013, the ice storm crisis, in 1998 and the Saguenay floods, in 1996. Sometimes, relief is offered outside of Canada such as following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haitian earthquake of 2010.
By: John Symon – email@example.com