The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and Canadian Pacific Ride the Rails to Raise $90,000 During Summer Fundraising Tour

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (CP) and The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada have wrapped up another successful summer raising $90,000 through Heritage train public ticket sales to create wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.  This fundraising effort, which also raised $50,000 in 2010, was the latest in a relationship with CP that spans over a decade generating nearly $400,000 for the charity.

Chris Kotsopoulos, Chief Executive Officer for The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada noted "We are grateful for our partnership with CP. As the number of wishes Children's Wish grants continues to increase every year, the collaborative support of partners like CP helps to ensure our ongoing tradition of never having refused a wish to an eligible child. CP provides an outstanding example of how creating a community experience as a platform for public support can be rewarding to all involved."

"Over the last decade, our Heritage program has served as a roving ambassador to the communities we operate through," said Jane O'Hagan, CP Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.  "We are pleased that our program and employees have made a positive impact and increased awareness of this deserving charity, as well as offer a unique and wonderful experience for the 3000 passengers who rode the train this summer."

The public were able to purchase tickets to ride CP's Heritage train through the Children's Wish website.  CP and Children's Wish hosted Wish Families and passengers from across the country offering a unique and nostalgic experience in our vintage Heritage train cars allowing passengers to view Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in a way only the train could offer.

CP's partnership with The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada began eight years ago as a grass roots employee led initiative that collected proceeds from water bottle recycling. These fundraising initiatives have grown to include other activities and continue to be supported by CP front line employees, who also volunteer their time for this worthy cause.

About The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  Since 1984, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to 17,000 children and their families.

This year, the Foundation expects to grant 1,000 new wishes and is proud to have never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day.  Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. The Foundation is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.

About Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific (CP:TSX)(NYSE: CP) 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.Contacts:

SOURCE Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

For further information:

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada   
Paul St-Germain
Director, Communications
Tel. (905) 839-4566 x 240
Toll-Free 1-800-700-4437
Email: paul.stgermain@childrenswish.ca
Canadian Pacific
Kevin Hrysak
Media Relations
Tel.: (403) 836-3874
24/7 Media Pager: (416) 814-0948
Email: kevin_hrysak@cpr.ca

 

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