CP Holiday Train rolls in with donations

Valdy entertains the crowd on Saturday when the CP Holiday Train stopped at the Port Haney Station in Maple Ridge. - Contributed
Valdy entertains the crowd on Saturday when the CP Holiday Train stopped at the Port Haney Station in Maple Ridge.
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Canadian Pacific's brightly decorated Holiday Train returned to Port Haney Station on the weekend to raise tons of food and bags of money for the Friends in Need Food Bank.

A total of $20,949.40 was presented and collected for the food bank, which is based in Maple Ridge.

In addition to the great work of Canadian Pacific and their employees, this year’s Holiday Train gave the food bank the opportunity to showcase their supporters which included the firefighters from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, The Billy Miner Pub as well as the Ridge Meadows RCMP and the Meadowridge Rotary Club.

"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." said Friends in Need board chair Tyler Shymkiw. “The people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are very aware and always support us in our efforts”.

“The people of Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows have once again proved that they care about those who are less fortunate.” added food bank executive director Joanne Olson, as a cheering happy crowd sipped on hot chocolate and ate the steamy hotdogs provided by the Billy Miner Pub.

At each stop, Canadian Pacific provides a brightly decorated train, a box car converted into a stage with great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, rallies together at this free event - donating food and funds, all of which stays within their community.

Headlining the Canadian Holiday Train stage this year was Canadian folk legend and B.C. resident Valdy, The Brothers Dube and country singer Tracy Brown.

Santa's Helpers:

• Maple Ridge Fire Department - 7,262.50

• Pitt Meadows Fire Department - 2,982.40

• CP Rail and their employees - 3,000

• Cash collected at event by firefighters and the Rotary Club - 1,603.50

• Miscellaneous cheques - 4,490.00

• Hot dog and hot chocolate sales - 1,611.00





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