TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Thousands of BMO Employees from over 45 communities across Canada will participate in the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. This important national event raises much needed funds to meet the growing demand for the charity's phone and web counselling services.
"With the addition of over 16 new communities from across Canada, this is an exciting year for the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone," said Mary Proulx, Vice President, Fund Development and Regional Activities at Kids Help Phone. "The event will help raise awareness and much needed funds so that more children in more communities in Canada can get the support they need. We're looking forward to welcoming families across the country to one of our many sites and we all hope to have a fantastic time."
Started as a single-location event by BMO Financial Group employees in 1991, the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone is a Halloween-themed bowling event that has grown into a popular and spook-tacular day. Last year, the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone raised $566,000 and this year the goal is to surpass last year's success.
"BMO is proud to support Kids Help Phone because we believe in the crucial work that the professional counsellors offer across Canada to children who need someone to talk to," said Sandra Hanington, Executive Vice President Product Operations and Process Simplification, BMO Financial Group and Kids Help Phone board member. "Each year, it is the BMO employees across Canada who come together to make the BMO Boo-la-thon successful and we look forward to another year of fun and fundraising!"
BMO Boo-la-thon for Kids Help Phone 2009 Locations:
Province Community Date
British Columbia Abbotsford Saturday, October 24
Kamloops Saturday, October 24
Nanaimo Saturday, October 24
Vancouver Saturday, October 24
Alberta Calgary Sunday, October 25
Edmonton Sunday, October 25
Fort McMurray Sunday, October 25
Grande Prairie Sunday, October 25
Lethbridge Saturday, October 24
Medicine Hat Saturday, October 24
Red Deer Sunday, October 25
Saskatchewan Moose Jaw Sunday, October 25
Regina Sunday, October 25
Saskatoon Sunday, October 25
Manitoba Brandon Sunday, October 25
Winnipeg Sunday, October 25
Ontario Barrie Sunday, October 25
Chatham Saturday, October 24
Cornwall Sunday, October 25
Durham (Oshawa) Sunday, October 25
Etobicoke Saturday, October 24
Goderich Sunday, October 25
Hamilton Saturday, October 24
Kingston Sunday, October 25
Kitchener -Waterloo Saturday, October 24
London Sunday, October 25
Mississauga Sunday, October 25
Niagara Sunday, October 25
North Bay Saturday, October 24
North York Saturday, October 24
Ottawa Sunday, October 25
Quinte Sunday, October 25
Sarnia Saturday, October 24
Sault Ste. Marie Sunday, October 25
Stratford Saturday, October 24
Sudbury Sunday, October 25
Thunder Bay Saturday, October 24
Toronto Saturday, October 24
(Funeral Services Challenge) Thursday, October 29
Windsor Saturday, October 24
York Region Sunday, October 25
Quebec Montreal Sunday, October 25
Quebec Saturday, October 24
Rimouski Saturday, October 24
New Brunswick Fredericton Saturday, October 24
Moncton Saturday, October 24
Saint John Saturday, October 24
Nova Scotia Halifax Saturday, October 24
Labrador Corner Brook Sunday, October 25
St. John's Sunday, October 25
For more information about the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone taking place in your area and how you can sponsor a boo-ler or get involved, please visit www.kidshelpphone.ca/boolathon.
Kids Help Phone, a national charity serving children and youth, receives no core government or United Way funding. Instead, it relies on the support of community-based volunteers and individual and corporate donors to ensure that its counselling, information and referral services for kids can continue to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
About Kids Help Phone
This year marks Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary. For the past two decades, Kids Help Phone has been at the forefront in providing help and hope through its phone and web counselling services, earning the respect and trust of kids across Canada. When young people feel like there's nowhere to turn, when parents, schools and social services are unavailable, closed, backlogged or simply not accessible for any reason, Kids Help Phone is there. Young people know that when they reach out to Kids Help Phone, any time of the day or night, they'll be connected with a professional counsellor who can provide immediate, kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of key and emerging issues.
Last year, Kids Help Phone counsellors connected with kids in almost 3,000 Canadian communities more than 2.2 million times. By continuing to reach out to kids in meaningful and innovative ways, Kids Help Phone will remain a trusted part of kids' lives for many years to come.
About BMO Financial Group
As a founding sponsor of Kids Help Phone, BMO has been supporting the critical efforts of this organization since its inception and, through BMO's extensive network of employee volunteers, provides leadership support for chapters of Kids Help Phone from coast to coast. In 2009, notable contributions to Kids Help Phone from BMO Financial Group and its employees included $300,000 raised from the BMO Presidents' Cup Golf event, $200,000 annual sponsorship for Kids Help Phone's Student Ambassador Program and last year employees raised $566,000 during the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone (bowling fundraisers) and several other local fundraising initiatives.
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SOURCE Kids Help Phone
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