Santa Shuffle fills Charlottetown with Christmas cheer

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The streets of Charlottetown were filled with a little early Christmas cheer on Saturday.

More than 100 participants, many of them wearing elf hats, took part in the Santa Shuffle 5 km Fun Run and 1 km Elf Walk in downtown Charlottetown.

The event, held with major support from the Running Room, raises funds to fight poverty within Charlottetown through Salvation Army programs such as the food bank and Bedford MacDonald House.

Capt. Elaine Locke said the amount raised had almost reached $3,000 just a few days before the event.

“And more has come in since so thank you very much,” she told participants.

Debbie Walsh, of Darlington, was the day’s top fundraiser after raising $250 in pledges.

“It’s just a good fundraiser and it’s great to see so many people that want to support it,” said Walsh.

Walsh was running for two causes, as her Santa Claus hat had a Canadian Blood Services logo stitched on the front.

“I donate and they asked me if I could wear the hat,” she said.

The Santa Shuffle has been running nationally for 23 years and is being held in more than 34 Canadian cities this year.

This is the third year of it being held on P. E. I.

Capt. Jamie Locke said the event appeared to be the most successful year yet in Charlottetown.

“We’ve certainly got a lot of great runners and great support,” he said. “To see 100 plus runners dedicate their Saturday morning to coming out and raising funds for such a cause, it just speaks to the inherent good that is in all people.

“We’re always appreciative of the public’s support.”

Elaine Locke also thanked the volunteers and said the event wouldn’t have happened without them.

“Everything went so smoothly this morning so thanks so much for coming and helping out. “

 

Organizations: Salvation Army, Bedford MacDonald House, Canadian Blood Services P. E.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Darlington

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