A chance for anyone in Toronto are to ride 2816

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    A chance for anyone in Toronto, to ride 2816

    BY breakfast for learning, GO TRANSIT AND CPR

    TORONTO - A special train hauled by a 1930 steam locomotive will leave Union Station June 12 in celebration of the GO Transit-Canadian Pacific Railway partnership to benefit BREAKFAST for learning, Canada's only national, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting child nutrition programs across the country.

    Tickets for the two-hour run to the GO station at Milton are on sale Monday through Ticket master. Passengers who board at Union Station will have the chance to see CPR steam locomotive 2816 up close during the stop at Milton, after which they will return to Union Station aboard the GO coaches.

    Formally known as the CPR Empress, locomotive 2816 is a restored vintage steam locomotive fully capable of keeping up the pace with its modern CPR contemporaries of the diesel-electric variety. Linked to a familiar green-and-white GO train, the Empress will raise awareness of child-nutrition issues in a way few Greater Toronto Area commuters will have experienced before.

    "We're pleased to partner again with CPR and Breakfast for Learning for such a worthwhile cause," says Dr. Gordon Chong, GO Transit Chairman. "It's a great opportunity to give back to the community." GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's public transit network of trains and buses for the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding region.

    "Through our partnership with breakfast for learning, we enable communities to come together for a common social cause," says Paul Clark, CPR's Vice-President of Communications and Public Affairs. "Every year, thousands of children begin their school day without a nutritious breakfast. This impairs their ability to learn. Our mission is to ensure that every child is given the nutritional requirements needed to begin their day properly."

    breakfast for learning was created in 1992 to address the needs of hungry children across Canada. It is the only national, non-profit organization dedicated solely to supporting child nutrition programs across the country.

    Since 1992, breakfast for learning has served more than 175 million meals to over 500,000 children, and funds 7,000 programs located in every province and territory in Canada. All programs are managed at the community level by a network of over 30,000 volunteers.

    "A decade ago, child nutrition was seen primarily as an issue of child hunger as a result of poverty. Today, we know that the issue is more complicated but no less alarming. Hunger is part of the equation but so are poor eating habits and inactive lifestyles independent of socioeconomic status", says Anne Lindsay, Cookbook Author and Chair of breakfast for learning. "That is why we are so delighted that CPR and GO are working with us to raise both money and awareness to help ensure that all kids have the opportunity to attend school well nourished and ready to learn."

    The CPR Empress steam locomotive is a driving force behind Community Connect, CPR's charitable donations program. It is a roving ambassador for the railway and its community partners. For CPR employees, stakeholders and customers, the train is a potent symbol of the past and a reminder of the role Canadian Pacific Railway continues to play in the national and local economies and of its contribution to communities.


    WHAT: Special GO Transit sightseeing train Toronto Union Station-Milton and return.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. from Union Station, returning at approximately 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: The Great Hall (VIA Concourse) Toronto Union Station. Passengers will have an opportunity to see and photograph the train from the GO boarding platform during a 45-minute rest stop at Milton.

    TICKETS: $30 per person, $100 for a family of four, available through Ticket master (www.ticketmaster.ca <http://www.ticketmaster.ca/>)


    Rosaline Ryan, Breakfast for Learning, 416 218-3540, ext. 4356, roz@breakfastforlearning.ca
    Stephanie Sorensen, GO Transit, 416 869-3600, ext. 5231, sorensen@gotransit.com
    Paul Thurston, Canadian Pacific Railway, 416 595-3032, paul_thurston@cpr.ca