BMO Presents 16th Annual Walk so Kids Can Talk for Kids Help Phone

TORONTO, May 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone's Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO marks 16 years of fundraising at this year's May 7th events. Canada's largest charity walk in support of children and youth, the annual event is expected to bring together thousands of Canadians at over 37 locations across the country. Last year, over 10,000 people registered to walk, raising over $3.5 million for the cause.

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people, offering free, bilingual, confidential and anonymous telephone and Live Chat counselling from professionally qualified staff. Much of the revenue needed to maintain this valuable service is raised through the annual walk.

"BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone and has been a proud sponsor of this annual walk for five years. We're here to help and we continue to deepen our commitment to the social and emotional well-being of young people from every community in Canada," said Joanna Rotenberg, Group Head, BMO Wealth Management. "For 200 years now, BMO has been actively supporting communities. This walk is a good example of how we can make a difference and ensure Kids Help Phone's professional counselling services are always there to help youth persevere through even the toughest circumstances."

"The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is Kids Help Phone's single largest annual fundraising event, enabling Kids Help Phone's services to always be open for young people," said Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "Hundreds of young people in Canada reach out to us every day for counselling and information, seeking help and hope from a trusted ally. It is essential for our national charity to always be open for young people who need support in their moments of crisis or need – no matter where they are or what time it is. The Walk is a day for communities across Canada to join together and demonstrate to young people that it's okay to reach out, and that Kids Help Phone is there for them."

For those who are interested in making a contribution or signing up for this year's Walk, please visit http://walksokidscantalk.ca/ to register or donate, and join the social conversation using #WalksoKidsCanTalk.

LOCATIONS

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017

PROVINCE

ADDRESS

REGISTRATION

WALK
START*

Alberta

Festival Market - Eau Claire Plaza 
139 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Hawrelak Park 
9330 Groat Road, Edmonton

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

British Columbia

Holland Park
13428 Old Yale Road
Surrey

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Waterfront Park Rhapsody Plaza
1200 Water Street,
Kelowna

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Colliery Dam Park
645 Wakesiah Avenue
Nanaimo

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

David Lam Park 
1300 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Polson Park
2600 Highway 6,
Vernon

11:00 a.m.

12:00 noon

Songhees Point Park
50 Songhees Road
Victoria

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Manitoba

Axworthy Health and RecPlex 
350 Spence Street,
Winnipeg

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Newfoundland &

Labrador

 

Bowring Park - Bungalow 
305 Waterford Bridge Rd., St. John's

11:00 a.m.

 

12:00 noon

 

BMO

1 West Street,

Corner Brook, NL

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

New Brunswick

Wilmot Park
50 Woodstock Road,
Fredericton

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

 

Mapleton Park & Rotary Pavilion

600 Mapleton Road,
Moncton

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia

Halifax Emera Oval
5775 Cogswell St.,
Halifax

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

Ontario

Southshore Community Centre 
205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Kingston Park 
Paxton Drive, 
Chatham

9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Ajax Rotary Park
177 Lake Driveway West.
Ajax

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

F.H. Sherman Recreation Park 
388 First Rd. East, 
Stoney Creek

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Memorial Centre
303 York Street
Kingston

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village 
10 Huron Rd.,
Kitchener

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Thames Park 
15 Ridout Street S., 
London

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Streetsville Memorial Park 
335 Church St.,

Mississauga

8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Jaycee Gardens Park 
543 Ontario Street, 
St. Catharines

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Andrew Haydon Park
3127 Carling Avenue,

 Ottawa

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Harrison Park 
1155 2nd Ave. East,

Owen Sound

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Nicholls Oval Pavilion 
725 Armour Road,

Peterborough

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Canatara Park - Seaway Kiwanis
1200 Lake Chipican Drive, Sarnia

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Woodbine Park 
Coxwell Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. E., Toronto

8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Optimist Memorial Park
1075 Ypres Avenue
Windsor

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Boyd Conservation Area
8739 Islington Ave., Vaughan

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Prince Edward Island

Rodd Mill River Resort
180 Mill Rd., Route 136,
O'Leary

12:00 noon

 

1:00 p.m.

 

Victoria Park

Charlottetown, PE

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

Quebec

Angrignon Park
3400 Boulevard des Trinitaires, Montréal

8:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Saskatchewan

University of Regina, Riddell Centre
3737 Wascana Pkwy.,
Regina

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Saskatoon Fieldhouse
2020 College Dr., Saskatoon

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

 

*All times local

Virtual Walks:

Alberta: Grand Prairies, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer
British Columbia: Prince George
Manitoba
New Brunswick: Saint John
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario: Brantford, Burlington-Milton, Huntsville, Sudbury, Thunder Bay
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon
U.S.A.

About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $692 billion as of January 31, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a charity that provides counselling and referrals as the only national helpline for young people. Since 1989, it has offered kids and teens hope and support through its confidential and anonymous service. As an organization that speaks with young people every day, Kids Help Phone works to share their perspectives and improve their well-being on a societal level. Kids Help Phone raises the majority of its revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations, and community fundraising.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

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