The Shuffle celebrates two decades of fundraising success 

New this year: online registration

By Shelagh Peden

For many, the Shuffle embodies the Concordia spirit. A 6.5-km walk-a-thon from the downtown Sir George Williams Campus to the west-end Loyola Campus, the Shuffle began in 1990 as a university-wide event that rallies together students, faculty and staff members toward a worthy cause: raising funds for scholarships and bursaries.

This year, to facilitate the collection of pledges, the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office has made it possible for shufflers to register online.

Shufflers can now register on a secure website that allows them to sponsor themselves, as well as other registered shufflers, and to notify friends and family of the opportunity to pledge their support. Having Shuffle sponsors enter their pledges online will also reduce paper use and make the payment process more efficient.

Once shufflers register online and collect $25 in pledges, they can pick up their t-shirt and water bottle in person. (Sorry, teleportation is still not an option!)

If shufflers prefer to register in person, pledge forms are still available for downloading from the website.

Two more noteworthy changes for this year are that washrooms will be provided along the route, and shufflers are urged to bring their re-usable water bottles because bottled water will not be distributed. Instead, the environmentally friendly option of water-bottle filling stations will be made available at the kick-off and at closing festivities.

Organizers are also looking for those who participated in every Shuffle since its inception. Thus far, Jay Mazzamauro and recent retiree Huguette Albert (see photo from this issue) have come forward. They can take pride in knowing that they’ve shuffled 123.5 km for scholarships and bursaries, and will hit 130 km by the end of next Friday.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, Sept. 25 and shufflers will depart at 1 p.m. from the EV Building.


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