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Fundraising train ride helps closer to home - Aug. 20, 2014


Same train - local charity: this year, the annual fall colours train ride will raise money for the McAdam Railway Station as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County.

Vern Faulkner
McAdam
The annual fall colours train ride – complete with pistol wielding desperados eager to rob the fine folk of the region – has been a staple for a decade.
For the past 10 years, the train ride between McAdam and St. Stephen (and back) has aided those in need in the world beyond the region, with money going to UNICEF.
Yet this year, such running of the ride, will ensure money raised stays closer to home: the funds gained will be split between the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County and the McAdam Historical Railway Commission – which oversees the operations of the McAdam Railway Station.
The event remains staggeringly popular – it’s already sold out without a whit of advertising. But despite that popularity, the grass-roots organization of it all has been done by a few.
And those few have dwindled over time, said organizer Bill Young.
“I needed help,” admitted Young, who said he had played a key role for 11 years. “I always found, every year, there were fewer people who wanted to be involved in organizing it.”
Additionally, the shift in charities allows money raised to be reinvested in local ventures – keeping the money closer to home.
“We wanted to see the continuation of the train ride, because it’s good for the area.”
Frank Carroll, the mayor of McAdam and a key member of the commission overseeing the train station, is “delighted” at the arrangement.
“To have the funds raised by this valuable project remains in the region, that’s a tremendous asset.”