VAUGHAN, ON – The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rode the rails into the City Tuesday to collect food items and money for the Vaughan Food Bank.
“The Holiday Train provides our residents with the opportunity to unite in the battle against hunger and to assist those less fortunate at this special time of the year,” said Mayor Linda Jackson. “Unfortunately, hunger does not take a holiday and I urge our residents to support the Vaughan Food Bank not only during the festive season but throughout the year.”
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Holiday Train has raised over $3.56 million and collected more than 1.8 million pounds of food for North American food banks. All donations collected in a specific community are distributed locally. The train is the largest rolling fundraiser and the only one of its kind in North America.
“The arrival of the Holiday Train not only promotes a worthy cause but it is an important component of our WinterLights celebrations,” said Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the WinterLights Committee. “The Holiday Train and our WinterLights program help in bringing neighbours together and promoting a strong sense of community.”
Two Holiday Trains will cross six Canadian provinces and seven U.S. states and visit more than 125 communities for a combined distance of 6,500 miles. Each brightly-lit train is decorated with hundreds of thousands of energy-efficient LED lights and is approximately 1,000 feet long with 14 decorated rail cars and a modified box car which has been transformed into a travelling stage for performers.
Free, live musical presentations featured 2008 Canadian Country Music Association Male artist of the year, Johnny Reid and Country Music Hall of Fame performer Tracey Brown.
To make a donation to the Vaughan Food Bank, call 905-851-2333, or go to www.vaughanfoodbank.ca email to [email protected] or in person at 71 Marycroft Avenue, Woodbridge.