CP Holiday Train will not be pulling into communities this year – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

The CP Holiday Train will not be leaving the station this year.

Canadian Pacific introduced final week that the favored Christmas occasion is one other sufferer of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been cancelled for 2020.

Instead, there will be a digital live performance for all to take pleasure in, however the firm says that it will nonetheless make donations to the meals banks in communities alongside its community, together with the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society (SCEFS) meals financial institution in Ashcroft.

The Holiday Train began in 1999, and has stopped in Ashcroft each year (besides one) since then. At every cease alongside the way in which there may be dwell leisure from Canadian music stars, and CP makes a money donation to a meals financial institution locally. Those attending the occasion are additionally inspired to convey meals and money donations for his or her native meals financial institution.

Last year some 1,200 folks attended the Ashcroft occasion, and CP donated $5,500 to the E. Fry meals financial institution. SCEFS government director Trish Schachtel says that attendees donated greater than $650 and 650 kilos of meals, which was drastically appreciated. Music was supplied by multi-platinum Juno Award-winner Dallas Smith—Canadian Country Music Association’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year—and Holiday Train favorite Terri Clark.

Details of this year’s digital occasion have but to be launched, however CP intends to proceed to attract consideration to meals safety points.

“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” says CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. “It is our honour to proceed to donate to communities throughout our community this year, even when the prepare itself will not run.

“The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through our virtual concert. We will have the Holiday Train rolling again spreading Christmas cheer as soon as it’s safe to do so!”

Every year since its launch, the Holiday Train has traveled throughout Canada and the northern U.S. elevating cash, gathering meals, and drawing consideration to the necessary work of native meals banks.

Since its inception, the prepare has raised $17.eight million and picked up four.eight million kilos of meals for native meals banks in communities alongside CP’s community.

CP intends to renew working the annual prepare tour in 2021.

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