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2006 CPR Holiday Train ready to raise money, food and awareness for food banks
For more than 100 communities in Canada and the United States, the spirit of giving to local food banks will again be front and centre with the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train Program – North America’s largest rolling fundraiser. Two brightly decorated Holiday Trains will be collecting food and money, as well as raising awareness in the fight against hunger.
Across Canada, over 70 towns, villages and cities in six provinces will experience the Holiday Train spirit - starting in Beaconsfield, Quebec on December 1st and ending in Port Moody, British Columbia on December 19th. In the United States’ Northeast and Midwest, 39 communities have been confirmed for formal visits by the train of lights. In addition to the official stops, the Holiday Train will hold mini-performances in many other communities along its route.
Bringing holiday cheer as well as the important message supporting food banks, are popular Canadian rock group Wide Mouth Mason (http://www.widemouthmason.com) and Canadian country star Lisa Brokop (http://www.lisabrokop.com), while in the United States legendary folk-rocker Willy Porter will be joined by country-music favourite Tracey Brown and Nashville bluegrass-country artist Pat Flynn.
This is the eighth year the CPR’s Holiday Train will be taking to the rails for local food banks, with its message of hope and community support. Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised over $2.4 million CDN and close to 1.3 million pounds (about 584 tons) of food for North American food banks. In 2005 alone, more than $500,000 CDN ($515,331) and 454,022 pounds (206 tons) of food were raised by concerned Canadians and Americans. All donations collected in a community remain in that community for local distribution.
New this year, a more user-friendly and interactive website and the release of a special CD-DVD featuring songs and video of this magical train and the entertainers who help make the whole initiative a reality. Details about the CD-DVD will be released soon.
About Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway is a transcontinental carrier operating in Canada and the U.S. Its 13,500-mile rail network serves the principal centres of Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions. CPR feeds directly into America's heartland from the East and West coasts. Alliances with other carriers extend its market reach throughout the U.S. and into Mexico. Canadian Pacific Railway is marking its 125th anniversary in 2006. For more information, visit CPR's website at: www.cpr.ca.
About the Canadian Association of Food Banks
Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a national umbrella organization representing a network of regional and community food banks, including provincial associations and food distribution centres. CAFB is the voice of food banks in Canada, with members and their agencies serving approximately 90 per cent of people relying on emergency food programs nation-wide. CAFB operates the National Food Sharing System, coordinating the shipment of food donations through voluntary transport to food banks across the country. In addition to food received from the CAFB, food bank members distribute an estimated 150 million pounds of food per year to the less fortunate in their communities. In March 2005, over 800,000 different people accessed food banks, including more than 300,000 children. While CAFB provides food daily for people in need, its ultimate goal is a hunger-free Canada.
Editor’s Note: For the schedules, the musicians’ bios and photos, a route map and downloadable pictures of the train, visit www.cpr.ca and click on the Holiday Train icon.
Latest Schedule also follows at the bottom of this news release.
(403) 540-8106 (cell)
Canadian Association of Food Banks
(416) 203-9241 ext. 28
2006 CPR Holiday Train Schedule-Canada
*Schedule is subject to change
* All times are local
Friday, Dec. 1
Beaconsfield – 7:30 p.m., Beaconsfield Commuter Station
Les Cedres – 8:45 p.m., CPR crossing at Chemin St. Dominique
Saturday, Dec. 2
Smiths Falls – 5:30 p.m., Smith Falls Train Station, 64 Victoria St.
Carleton Place – 7:30 p.m., 149 Moore St., near old wood mill
Almonte – 9 p.m., Little Bridge St.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Belleville – 5 p.m., South Church St. crossing, south of Dundas St. East
Trenton – 7:15 p.m., RCAF Road crossing, north of 8 Wing Base
Monday, Dec. 4
Toronto – 6 p.m., Location to be finalized
Vaughan – 8 p.m., Northwest corner of CPR Vaughn Intermodal Yard and Nashville Road, near grain elevator.
*Hamilton – 8 p.m. (U.S. Train show), area of Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Mactier – 4 p.m., Old CPR Station
Parry Sound – 5:45 p.m., Museum Train Station
Shawanaga – 7 p.m., near Band office beside crossing at Village Road
Sudbury – 9:45 p.m., VIA Train Station, Elgin St.
*Cambridge – 5:45 p.m. (U.S. Train show), former Galt Station, 10 Malcolm St.
*Woodstock – 8 p.m. (U.S. Train show), area of 199 Winnett St.
* London – 9:45 p.m. (U.S. Train show), CPR Yard in area of Central Ave. at Elizabeth St.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Cartier – 11:15 a.m., CPR Train Station, 3 Spence St.
Chapleau – 5 p.m., CPR Train Station, 50 Dufferin St.
White River – 9:30 p.m., CPR Train Station, 102 Winnipeg St.
*Windsor – 4 p.m. (U.S. Train show), CPR Yard, Erie St. W & Janette St.
Thursday, Dec. 7
Mobert – 9:15 a.m., across from Band Office
Heron Bay – 11:30 a.m., old CPR Train Station, beside Esso Building
Marathon – 1 p.m., beside Curling Club parking lot, Stevens Ave.
Schreiber – 3:45 p.m., CPR Yard at Cenotaph, beside Harvest Food Cupboard building
Nipigon – 6:30 p.m., CPR Yard, across from Nipigon Inn
Thunder Bay – 9:45 p.m., CPR Train Station, 440 Syndicate Avenue
Friday, Dec. 8
Ignace – 9:15 a.m., CPR Train Station
Dryden – 12 noon, CPR Yard Entrance, Queen St. and Earl Ave.
Kenora – 4:45 p.m., CPR South Yard, across from Wholesale Store – 8th Ave. entrance
Whitemouth – 7:45 p.m., Railway Ave. across from Whitemouth Hotel
Winnipeg – 9:45 p.m., Molsen St., between Panet Road and Munroe Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Portage La Prairie – 12 noon, 301-3rd St. NE- opposite Centennial Arena
Brandon – 6 p.m., across from CPR Station, 1000 Assiniboine Avenue
Sunday, Dec. 10
Broadview – 1 p.m. CPR Train Station
Indian Head – 3:15 p.m., in area of behind Shell station, between buildings and Highway 56 crossing.
Regina – 5:15 p.m., Taylor Field, stadium parking Lot
Moose Jaw – 7:15 p.m., west of CPR Train Station, 3 Manitoba St. West
Monday, Dec. 11
Swift Current – 11 a.m., just east of CPR Train Station, 3rd St. & North Railway Ave.
Maple Creek – 2 p.m., CPR facility
Medicine Hat – 5:30 p.m., just east of CPR Train Station, Queen & North Railway St.
Tilley – 7:45 p.m., Southeast side of crossing at Highway 877
Brooks – 9:15 p.m., 1st Ave. behind Civic Building
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Lacombe – 3:15 p.m., Between 46 Ave. & Highway 2A
Ponoka – 4:45 p.m., 50th St. and 47th Ave.
Leduc – 6:45 p.m., Extra Foods, 3915 50th Ave.
Edmonton – 8:15 p.m., location to be confirmed
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Red Deer – 5 p.m. CPR Yard
Didsbury – 7:30 p.m., 19th St. and 18th Ave.
Airdrie – 9:15 p.m., Nose Creek Park
Thursday, Dec. 14
Calgary – 5:45 p.m., Location to be finalized
Cochrane – 7:45 p.m., between River Ave. and 4th St.
Banff – 10:15 p.m., CPR Station
Friday, Dec. 15
Golden – 4 p.m., across from 7-11 Store, 10th Ave.
Revelstoke – 8:45 p.m., Area of CPR Yard, follow signs
Saturday, Dec. 16
Sicamous – 2 p.m., northwest corner of Highway 1 at Silver Sands Road intersection.
Salmon Arm – 3:45 p.m., CPR Train Station, 51 Lake Shore Drive
Notch Hill – 5:45 p.m., west of Tappen-Notch Hill Road crossing
Sunday, Dec. 17
Chase – 5:45 p.m., north side of Shuswap Ave., across from Chase RCMP Detachment
Kamloops – 6:30 p.m., Location to be finalized
Ashcroft – 9 p.m., in area of CPR facility on Railway Ave.
**Saskatchewan (U.S. Holiday Train Shows)
North Portal – 12 noon, Town Centre
Estevan – 5 p.m., east of CPR Station at vacant lot off 7th St.
Weyburn – 7:45 p.m., 512 Railway St.
Monday, Dec. 18
Lytton – 5:15 p.m. in area of CPR facility on Station Road
North Bend – 8 p.m., east of CPR Terminal
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Agassiz – 4:15 p.m., west of Highway 9, across from Agra Centre, Pioneer Ave.
Maple Ridge (Haney) – 6:45 p.m., across from Billy Minor Pub
Port Moody - 8:30 p.m., on Queen St. at Clark Ave.
Please note: Additional communities are in the process of being confirmed.
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