Thousands crowd Beaconsfield Train Station
By Jim Morrison
A large gathering of citizens, of all ages, crowded the Beaconsfield Train Station Thursday, Nov. 27, awaiting the arrival of the CP Holiday Train on its last Quebec stop.
The train rolled into the station at 8 p.m., and stood still for 10 minutes, when the rear boxcar opened, offering up a free concert from Juno award winner, Roxanne Potvin, with Canadian power pop rock band ODDS, on stage.
Several songs later, Beaconsfield councillor, District 2, Karen Messier welcomed the audience which reached as far back as Elm Avenue.
“The lights on the train were quite spectacular and so great to see it as it slowly rolled into the station. It was a really nice way to start the Christmas season. There were shopping carts set up to collect the food and then it was all being transferred into a large truck. By the time we dropped off our donation, the back of the truck was full,” said Pointe Claire resident, Nancy Macdonald.
Moisson Montreal food bank was the recipient of a $15,000 cheque from monies collected from the event.
Moisson Montreal, in its 30th year has become the largest food bank in Canada, aiding over 200 organizations, feeding 142,000 people, and 42,000 children on a monthly basis.
The ceremony lasted close to 45 minutes, as the crowd slowly disbursed with the boxcars lighting up the evening sky.
The CP Holiday train has traveled 100,000 miles, raised $9.5 million, and 3.3 million pounds of food for local charities since 1999.
More information on the CP Holiday train is available at www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train
Moisson Montreal can be reached through the following link: www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train
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