EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:30 PM EASTERN, December 17, 2011
CALGARY, Dec. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The 2011 CP Holiday Train has
successfully wrapped up its cross-border mission of raising money, food
and awareness for food banks along its network in Canada and the United
After three weeks of taking the magic of two Holiday Trains to about
150 communities in six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states an
estimated quarter million people generously gave to help feed the
hungry. With some donations still rolling in, the CP 2011 Holiday Train
has raised more than $800,000 (CDN) and 225,000 pounds of food for
local food bank programs.
In the 13 years of the Holiday Train program - with its two trains each
decked out with more than three miles of special LED festive lights and
decorations - has played an important role in collecting more than $6.4
million (CDN) and close to 2.6 million pounds of food to help fight
hunger in communities along its 14,800-mile rail network. Everything
that was collected at a stop stayed there for local distribution.
The Canadian 'train of lights', which began its three-week journey on
November 25th, ended its food bank drive in Port Moody, B.C. on
Saturday, December 17th. The U.S. Holiday Train also wrapped up its
trek this weekend.
Again this year, food shelf supporters at each event were treated to a
live performance by entertainers playing on a boxcar converted to a
stage. On the Canadian Holiday Train, crowds experienced Canadian music
legend Valdy, young Ottawa rockers, Brothers Dube' and Canadian Country
Music Hall of Famer Tracey Brown. Bringing holiday cheer and the
important message of supporting food shelves in the United States were
Milwaukee folk-rocker Willy Porter and Nashville country-music
recording artist Sydney Grigg.
The 2011 CP Holiday Train was again followed by thousands of fans on
Facebook and on Twitter (@CPHolidaytrain).
About Canadian Pacific:
Canadian Pacific (CP: TSX/NYSE) operates a North American
transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services,
logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Incorporating
best-in-class technology and environmental practices, CP is re-defining
itself as a modern 21st century transportation company built on safety,
service reliability and operational efficiency. Visit cpr.ca and see
how Canadian Pacific is Driving the Digital Railway.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
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