More than 50 communities across Canada will participate October 29 & 30
TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Did you know vampires, princesses, and
superheroes can bowl? On Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30,
people across Canada will wear their Halloween costumes and participate
in the 2011 BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone.
Kids Help Phone saw a 20 per cent increase in service demand in 2011.
The national, family-oriented fundraising event raises much-needed
funds to ensure Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors continue to
be there for young people everywhere. Last year $1 million was raised.
Started as a single-location event by BMO Financial Group employees in
1991, the BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone is an annual
Halloween-themed bowling fundraiser where families, neighbours,
colleagues and friends get together, put their best costume forward,
and hit the lanes so the kids in their lives, the kids in their
communities, and the *6.5 million kids in Canada can reach out for help
at any time, for any reason. The event takes place in more than 50
communities across the country.
"Every day, our counsellors hear from kids who are facing frustration,
sadness, and uncertainty," said Sharon Wood, President and CEO of Kids
Help Phone. "The BMO Boolathon is absolutely critical to ensuring the
young people in Canada continue to have a safe place to turn to when
they feel ready to reach out to someone. Our promise to them is to
remain available any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year.
But we can't be there without the support of the community."
"The BMO Boolathon has been a tremendous success since it started twenty
years ago, and we are thrilled to see the difference this event has
made in communities across Canada," said Richard Rudderham, Executive
Vice-President and Head of Human Resources, BMO Financial Group. "The
overwhelming community support and volunteerism of BMO employees from
coast to coast demonstrates our commitment to supporting Canada's
youth, and we couldn't be more excited to help make this the largest
These are the communities where the Boolathon is taking place this year:
British Columbia: Abbotsford, Nanaimo, North Shore, Salt Spring Island, Surrey,
Vancouver, Victoria (in BC, the BMO Boolathon is taking place on
Saturday October 22nd)
Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Ponoka,
Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon
Ontario: Barrie, Brantford, Burlington, Chatham, Cornwall, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Norwich, 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 (Downtown), Toronto (Yorkdale), York Region
Quebec: Huntingdon, Montreal, Québec City
New Brunswick: Moncton, Saint John
Newfoundland & Labrador: Bay Roberts, Clarenville, Corner Brook, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor,
Marystown, St. John's, Stephenville
Nova Scotia: Halifax
Kids Help Phone is a community-based national organization that relies
almost exclusively on the financial support of corporations,
foundations and individuals to ensure that every child that takes the
courageous step of reaching out for help receives the meaningful
support they seek. Interested bowlers and supporters can register and
donate at www.boolathon.ca.
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only bilingual phone and on-line counselling
service for youth. It's free, anonymous and confidential. Professional
counsellors are available any time of the day or night, 365 days a
year, to help young people deal with concerns large or small. As a
national community-based charity, Kids Help Phone relies on individual
and corporate donations to fund these vital services. In 2010, the
professional counsellors at Kids Help Phone assisted kids from more
than 2,500 communities throughout Canada, more than 4,300 times a week
either through phone or web consultation.
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 2010, the event was hosted in close to 50
sites across the country, raising $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: Statistics Canada 2010, represents the population of young
people between the ages of five and 20 served by Kids Help Phone.
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone
For further information:
BMO Financial Group:
Beja Rodeck, Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 867-3996
Sarah Bensadoun, Montreal, email@example.com, (514) 877-8224
BMO Boolathon and Kids Help Phone:
Toronto, (416) 581-8955
Deborah Jussome, Montreal, firstname.lastname@example.org, (514) 273-7007 ext 8217