Kids Help Phone Welcomes VIA Rail Canada as its Newest Partner



    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone announced today that it has
welcomed VIA Rail Canada as its newest partner. The charity relies on the
support of companies like VIA Rail Canada to continue providing its 24-hour,
toll-free, confidential and anonymous phone and online counseling and referral
service for young people.
    "It's with the support of companies like VIA Rail Canada that Kids Help
Phone can continue to be there with the immediate help and hope that young
people from across Canada need and deserve," says Tom McAllister, President
and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "We're very pleased to count VIA Rail Canada among
our partners and we look forward to working with them to help fulfill our
shared commitment to being there for Canadian kids."
    As a partner of Kids Help Phone, VIA Rail Canada will support the
charity's fundraising efforts at the national and local level in communities
across the country, and will give visibility to the Kids Help Phone counseling
and referral service on board its trains and in its stations from coast to
coast.
    "VIA is very proud to be associated with Kids Help Phone, and in this
way, to be helping the young people who use this valuable service," says Paul
Côté, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA. "At VIA, we believe in
both serving and strengthening communities across Canada. We also believe that
our support of Kids Help Phone will be worthwhile if we can help make a
difference in one child's life," adds Mr. Côté.
    Kids Help Phone relies on the generous contributions of corporate and
individual donors to continue to provide its phone and online services.

    About Kids Help Phone:

    Kids Help Phone is Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and
anonymous phone and web counselling, referral and information service for
children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate,
caring support to young people in urban and rural communities across the
country. Kids contact Kids Help Phone about every issue imaginable - from
school, dating and family problems, to depression, abuse and suicide. In 2007,
Kids Help Phone helped young people in need from almost 3,000 Canadian
communities more than two million times through its phone and online services.

    About VIA Rail Canada:

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's business corridor and in remote and
rural regions of the country. VIA serves more than 450 communities with a
network of inter-city, transcontinental and regional trains. Increasingly
travellers are turning to train travel as a hassle-free and cost-efficient
alternative to congested roads and airports as well as a more environmentally
responsible way to travel.

    CNW Group is proud to be the official newswire provider for Kids Help
Phone.




For further information:

For further information: Kids Help Phone, Karine Bernier, Manager,
Marketing and Communications, (514) 273-7007 x 8212,
karine.bernier@kidshelpphone.ca; VIA Rail Canada, Martin Roy, Specialist,
Media and Corporate Communications, (514) 871-6119


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