Chugga Chugga Woo Woo! In less than two weeks, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be chugging into Cambridge’s Malcolm Station for its 12th year. With over 750 feet of steel, diesel and twinkling lights, the train includes a modified box car which opens into a travelling stage for performers. The CP Holiday train has been running since 1999 and visits more than 150 communities every year. To date, it has raised over 3.9 million pounds of food and $12 million for local food banks across North America – making it the longest-running food bank fundraiser!
Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need within that community. Pam Joliffe, Interim Executive Director of Food Banks Canada said, “For the last two decades, CP has played an integral role in raising essential food for the holidays and in raising awareness of hunger-related issues”.
Once again staff from the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Self-Help Food will recruit teams of volunteers who will help run this amazing fundraising event by cooking hot dogs, giving out hot chocolate, setting up, and collecting food and monetary donations. This year the CP Holiday Train will stop in Cambridge on GivingTuesday. What a wonderful way to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non-profits on this global day of giving. We will have a booth and photographer on site to take UNselfies to bring awareness to this event.