CP Holiday Train wraps successful 2012 program in supporting local food banks and Hurricane Sandy rebuilding

Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:05pm EST

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In  Canada, program recognized by Prime Minister with volunteer award

CALGARY,  Dec. 30, 2012  /PRNewswire/ - Results for the 14th  year of the
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train are in and the mission of
 making a difference one stop at a time has resulted in one of the most
 successful rolling fundraisers for local food shelves along its
 Canadian and  United States  rail network.

The 2012 CP Holiday Train Program raised more than  $1 million  (CAD) and
 400,000 pounds of food for local food bank programs in  Canada  and the
 U.S. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has now raised  $7.4
 million  and 3 million pounds of food for local food shelves.

The 2012 Holiday Train Program officially wrapped up in  Port Moody,
 British Columbia, on  December 18, 2012.

Making this year's three-week trek even more important was the support
 for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. At the  Minneapolis, Holiday
 Train event, CP presented Feeding America with  $250,000.

In  Canada, the Holiday Train program received special recognition with
 one of the inaugural Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards. The award
 recognizes the role the 'train of lights' plays in helping communities
 and food banks and, specifically, the hard work and dedication of
 thousands of community and employee volunteers who continue to make the
 annual rolling food bank fundraiser a success.

From the end of November until  December 18, the two Holiday Trains
 travelled across  Canada  and the U.S. raising money, food, and awareness
 for local food banks and hunger issues at over 150 communities.

Thousands of Holiday Train supporters were treated to live performances
 on the modified boxcar stage. On the Canadian Holiday Train, Brothers
 Dube,  Miss Emily, and  Doc Walker  lit up the stage while on the U.S.
 Holiday Train,  Tracey Brown  and The Claytones entertained supporters of
 local food shelves along the U.S. Northeast and Midwest.

For additional information on the musicians and photos visit:www.cpr.ca. 
Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on  Facebook  and follow on Twitter 

SOURCE  Canadian Pacific

Media Contacts:

Canadian Holiday Train

Kevin Hrysak

(403) 836-3874 (cell)


U.S. Holiday Train

Andy Cummings

(612) 554-0850 (cell)


Ed Greenberg (612)

849-4717 (cell)


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