Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek Park
1132 Leslie St., Toronto, ON
This year, the 5km run will begin promptly at 10am.
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
The funds raised through this year’s Santa Shuffle will be going directly to The Salvation Army Gateway, a 118-bed shelter for men experiencing homelessness in Toronto.
Beyond providing the basic necessities of food and shelter, the Gateway also runs a Drop-In program which plays a crucial role in restoring dignity and keeping men and women off of the streets. The Drop-In is open from 1 – 7pm five days a week and through it the Gateway provides hot meals, a safe and warm place to be, recreational programs and friendship. In this way, the Drop-In also serves as a support for individuals who’ve moved on from the shelter into a place of their own. 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.
The annual operating cost for the Drop-In is approximately $75,000 (73.5% food and 26.5% (additional staffing). The money raised through the Santa Shuffle last year was enough to fund it for nearly all of 2015. Our goal is the same for this year. All of the money raised will be put exclusively toward the Gateway Drop-In, which means that all donations will have a direct and meaningful impact on those experiencing marginalization and homelessness in our city.
"FOCUS ON $50
With all of the proceeds from this year’s race going to such a great cause, we’re asking each participant to “focus on $50,” or in other words, to raise $50 dollars through pledges and donations. It’s a lofty goal but we know you can do it! Help us keep the Gateway Drop-In open by getting your friends and family involved and by “focusing on $50!!!”
Parking is VERY LIMITED—there may not be enough parking inside the park for everyone.
There are three parking lots in close proximity to the starting area:
1) Directly inside the park, just north of the main entrance (150m from start)
2) Along the main park road, just past the washrooms (250m from start)
3) Further along the road in the middle lot (400m from start)
There are two additional places to park: the stables parking lot and the upper playing field lots. These areas are 1.5km and 2km away from the starting area, respectively. Please allow 20 minutes to find parking and make your way to the registration tables.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the event!