Brothers Lace Up to Make a Difference

Santa Shuffle Feature
by Linda Leigh
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On Saturday, December 3, 2016, brothers Mike and Ben will lace up, along with 16,000 participants across Canada, to run in The Salvation Army’s Annual Santa Shuffle, which takes place in 42 cities.

But this race isn’t about speed or their personal best. It’s a 5K fun run and 1K elf walk, in partnership with  Running Room Ltd., to raise funds that will support local Salvation Army programs and give hope and help to people in need.

mike“I support the Santa Shuffle because I’ve seen the work of The Salvation Army first-hand and its ability to change lives,” says Mike. “And it’s fun, energizing and every participant knows they have supported an important cause.”

Both Mike and Ben have volunteered at The Salvation Army’s Gateway Shelter, a 108-bed facility in Toronto’s downtown core for men experiencing homelessness.

“I volunteered with the Gateway’s Linen program, an on-site, industrial laundry facility that provides training and employment to people living in the shelter system,” says Mike. “I got to know the residents and saw people like Donny find housing, a job and friends. I’ll do anything I can to support The Salvation Army.”

Ben, a high school teacher who says he’s more of a shuffler than a runner, volunteered in the shelter’s clothing room and drop-in centre.

“I got to know some of the people who are helped,” says Ben. “I’m shuffling for a good cause, and that feels great.”  

To register or learn more, click here.

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