Hallowe'en revellers in more than 60 communities across Canada came out
in their wildest costumes in support of kids
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - As vampires, witches, and ghouls of all
kinds descended on bowling alleys across the country this weekend,
young people throughout Canada got a big boost of help and hope.
The 2012 BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone raised an
astounding $1.1 million this weekend, all of which will go towards
ensuring that professional counsellors are available 24/7.
Hundreds of BMO employees, friends, families, and community members
helped raise funds for Kids Help Phone.
"The BMO Boolathon started as a one-off event in 1991," says Sharon
Wood, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone. "To see it go from such humble
beginnings and evolve into a national success is profoundly inspiring.
The Boolathon's success is a strong indication that we, as a community
of caring friends and colleagues, parents and neighbours, see providing
support and hope to young people as a major priority. Together, through
events such as the Boolathon, we can raise not only much-needed
awareness about youth mental health, but raise funds to ensure that
service is available when young people find the courage to reach out."
Young people reach out to Kids Help Phone professional counsellors 5,000
times a week on average. They trust the anonymous, confidential service
will always be there, 24/7, just a click or a call away whenever they
need it most.
"The Boolathon just keeps getting bigger and better every year thanks to
the commitment BMO employees have to ensuring children have access to
this essential counselling service," said Richard Rudderham, Executive
Vice-President and Head of Human Resources, BMO Financial Group. "It
truly is a community effort, and we are thrilled that so many people
continue to support this important cause."
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 was hosted in close to 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
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