CP Holiday Train 2011 in Port Moody

CP Holiday Train 2011 Port Moody

North America’s longest-running rolling food bank fundraiser is underway, making the trek across Canada. It started on November 25 in Quebec, and it wraps up on December 17 right here in the Tri-Cities. The festivities will take place at Queens Street Plaza in Port Moody [map], starting at 4:00pm on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Santa has taken time out of his busy schedule to greet everyone. There will be hot chocolate and chili available by donation to the SHARE Food Bank, carolers, an enormous bonfire and more.

The train itself will pull in at 5:45pm. You will see 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of festive lights. Included is a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers. The performers in question will be Canadian musical legend Valdy and Tracey Brown.

The goal of the Holiday Train is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community. In Port Moody, all donations will go to the SHARE Society. So be sure to bring some non-perishable items – and cash – to donate!

By the time the train rolls into Port Moody, about 150 cities and towns on both sides of the border will be have joined in the Holiday Train spirit and magic, with all food and money raised at each stop staying in that community for local distribution. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has raised $5.6 million, and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves. It’s a great program, and a really fun evening.

And now, I’ll let Valdy sing us out:

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