- COVID 19 is not stopping the members of the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) who will be raising funds in support of children in need this holiday season.
- Support from the Navy Divers has raised more the one million dollars in 37 years for the Maritime tradition known as Christmas Daddies.
On Saturday, December 5, 2020 Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) will once again participate in their 38th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon and will be joined by CTV’s Amanda Debison. Members of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) and their families will once again endeavor a 50 km trek at Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic. The Navy Divers are seeking your support through a Go Fund Me page.
Since their first year of involvement in 1983, nearly $313,500 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 program in 1985. This auction item has been coveted by Big Leagues Beverage Room in Cole Harbour, NS on more than 30 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.
Past fund raisers by the Navy Divers have included a route through the streets of HRM, a Truro to Halifax Run and a swim across the Halifax Harbour.
The funds raised through the Christmas Daddies Telethon provide toys, gifts and food for less fortunate children and are distributed by The Salvation Army.
Last year, more than 14,000 Maritime children and parents were helped at Christmas time.
The 57th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon will be broadcast on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on CTV with a livestream on the web at CTV Atlantic
You can also follow their progress on Social Media!
Instagram @rcnatlantic / @mrcatlantique
If I donate to the NAVY DIVERS on the GoFundMe page Will I receive a charitable tax receipt?
The Salvation Army is the distribution partner for Christmas Daddies and also issues the charitable tax receipts. If a donor making a contribution through the Go Fund Me page would like a charitable tax receipt, that individual will need to forward their Go Fund Me receipt (received via email from Go Fund Me) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include their full name, complete mailing address, including postal code. Note: Charitable tax receipts are issued in January & February and will be sent by email. Donations of $10 or more are eligible.
For more information contact:
Roxanne Robinson, Christmas Daddies