50K NAVY DIVER RUN on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017

In support of Christmas Daddies Telethon 

  • Members of the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) will be running the roads of Shearwater, Dartmouth, Bedford and Halifax in support of a less fortunate children at Christmas.
  • Support from the Navy Divers has raised more the one million dollars in 33 years for the Maritime tradition known as Christmas Daddies.
  • Motorists are advised to be patient or use alternate routes on Saturday, December 2nd

November 16, 2017 – Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic will once again participate in their 34th Annual Christmas Daddies Run on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Members of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) and their families begin their 50 km trek at CFB Shearwater – running through Dartmouth, Sackville and Bedford tackling the final leg of the journey along the Bedford Highway. The Navy Divers will arrive at the CTV studios located at 2885 Robie Street in Halifax and appear on the 54th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon broadcast to present funds raised from pledges and donations collected along their route.

Since their first year of involvement in 1983, nearly $287,500 in donations have been collected by the men, women and family members of the FDU(A). As well, the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) donated the MK5 Navy Divers helmet to the auction portion of the Christmas Daddies progam in 1985. This auction item has been coveted by Big Leagues Beverage Room in Cole Harbour, NS on 27 occasions. The additional funds raised from the highest bidder of the MK5 Helmet when added to the amounts collected on the annual run, have reached an impressive amount – more than one million dollars since 1983.

Liz Rigney, CTV Manager of Public Relations and the C100 radio street team will accompany the divers on their trek providing updates during the Christmas Daddies broadcast and on C100 radio.

Past fund raisers by the Navy Divers have included a route from Truro to Halifax and a swim across the Halifax Harbour.

So, if you see a bunch of people running down the streets and roads of the Halifax Metro region, please give to this very worthy cause. GO NAVY!

ROUTE on Saturday, December 2, 2017



8:00 a.m.      Gather at Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic, 12 Wing Shearwater

8:30 a.m.      Runners will leave CFB Shearwater
Proceed northwest on Route 322 and Pleasant St
Northeast on Prince Arthur Avenue
East on Portland St
North on Forrest Hills Drive
West on Main Street

Arrive Smithy’s Main St., Dartmouth
Arrive Sackville Petro Can Station – commence run

Proceed northwest on Sackville Drive
Arrive Downs view Mall
Lunch at McDonalds Sackville

Returning Southeast on Sackville Dr
Arrive Royal Canadian Legion, Bedford Branch 95 – commence run

Proceed south along Bedford Highway
Southeast on Kempt Road – East on Young St
South on Robie St
4:30 p.m. Arrive CTV studios – 2885 Robie St for presentation on Christmas Daddies Telethon live TV broadcast

The funds raised through the Christmas Daddies Telethon provide gifts, clothing and food for less fortunate children and their families during the Christmas season. The Christmas Daddies partnership with The Salvation Army provides over 17,000 Maritime children with toys and gifts at Christmas each year.

The 54th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon will be broadcast live Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on CTV with a livestream on the web at http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/28 with Bell Aliant Fibe TV1.

Follow along on Social Media
Christmas Daddies @DaddiesTelethon
Liz Rigney @LizRigneyCTV

For more information contact:

Roxanne Robinson

Christmas Daddies

Phone: 902 452 3232

Email: Christmas.Daddies@BellMedia.ca