National fundraiser has Boolathon events taking place in more than 50
communities across Canada
Goal is to raise $1.2 million for Kids Help Phone
TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - There are close to four million young
people in Canada who are of prime trick-or-treating age. On October 27
and 28, more than 50 communities across Canada will be there for those
young people, and many more, by hitting the lanes with a bowling
fundraiser at the 2012 BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone.
"This is BMO's 22nd year in support of the Boolathon, which started in 1991," said Richard
Rudderham, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, BMO Financial
Group and 2012 BMO Boolathon Honourary Chair. "Since then, it has
steadily grown into a fun, family-friendly Halloween-themed bowling
event in which everyone is welcome to participate and unite for a good
The ideal trick-or-treating ages fall between five and 14 years old.
That age group also falls within Kids Help Phone's service mandate,
which offers help and hope to kids, teens, and young adults between
five and 20 years old.
Every week, these young people reach out 5,000 times to a Kids Help
Phone professional counsellor for support over the phone or online.
These young people turn to the professional counsellors at Kids Help
Phone with problems their friends can't help fix, with questions many
educators aren't equipped to answer or with worries parents may not
Kids Help Phone is Canada's leading youth counselling service, a
registered charity that relies on fundraising events like the Boolathon
to raise the critical funds needed to ensure 24/7/365 service remains
available to the 6.5 million young people in Canada.
BMO and Kids Help Phone aim to raise $1.2 million in this year's
This year's Boolathon takes place in the following communities:
British Columbia: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Nanaimo, North Shore, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria
Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Ponoka, Red Deer
Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon
Ontario: Barrie, Brantford, Chatham, Cornwall, Goderich, Hamilton, Kingston,
Kitchener-Waterloo, Leamington/Essex, London, Niagara, Orillia, Ottawa,
Owen Sound, Peterborough, Quinte, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Stratford,
Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Windsor
Ontario GTA: Brampton, Durham (Oshawa), Etobicoke, Mississauga, North York, Toronto
Yorkdale, York Region (Richmond Hill)
Quebec: Montreal, Québec City
New Brunswick: Moncton, Fredericton
Newfoundland & Labrador: Bay Roberts, Clarenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, St.
Nova Scotia: Halifax
About Kids Help Phone
Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has been Canada's leading online and phone
counselling service for youth. It's free, it's anonymous and
confidential, and it's available any time of the day or night, 365 days
a year in English and in French. Professional counsellors support the
mental health and well-being of young people, ages five to 20, by
providing one-on-one counselling, information and resources. As a
community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core
government funding and relies on community and corporate support to
fund its essential and vital service.
To learn more about Kids Help Phone, please visit www.kidshelpphone.ca.
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As a Founding Sponsor, BMO Financial Group has expressed unwavering
commitment to Kids Help Phone since its inception in 1989. BMO is proud
to be the title sponsor of the BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help
Phone, a fun and highly successful fundraising event created by a group
of BMO employees in 1991. In 2011, the event took place in more than 50
sites across the country, raising $1.1 million to help fund essential
phone and online counselling services for children throughout Canada.
BMO also supports a number of local Kids Help Phone events.
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone
For further information:
BMO Financial Group:
Beja Rodeck, Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 867-3996
Valerie Doucet, Montreal, email@example.com, (514) 877-8224
Laurie Grant, Vancouver, firstname.lastname@example.org, (604) 665-7596
BMO Boolathon and Kids Help Phone:
Toronto, (416) 581-8955
Deborah Jussome, Montreal, email@example.com, (514) 273-7007 ext 8217
Internet: www.boolathon.ca Twitter: @BMO