Kids Help Phone welcomes WestJet as corporate partner



    CALGARY, March 12 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone announced today that it has
welcomed WestJet as its newest corporate partner. The charity operates
Canada's only 24-hour, toll-free, confidential and anonymous phone and online
counselling and referral service for young people. WestJet's national
community investment program, WestJet Cares for Kids will add Kids Help Phone
to its list of charitable partners that focus on children's health and
wellness.
    "It is thanks to the support of companies like WestJet that Kids Help
Phone can continue to provide immediate help to young people from across
Canada by phone and online," says Tom McAllister, President and CEO, Kids Help
Phone. "We're very pleased to count WestJet among our corporate partners and
we look forward to working with them to help fulfill our shared commitment to
being there for Canadian kids."
    As a corporate partner of Kids Help Phone, WestJet Cares for Kids will
help expand the reach of Kids Help Phone through the gift of flight.
    "The spirit of caring is embedded in WestJet's culture and WestJet Cares
for Kids is honoured to partner with Kids Help Phone," said Richard Bartrem,
WestJet Vice-President Culture and Communications. "Our caring attitude is
demonstrated through giving the gift of flight which will help Kids Help Phone
expand their reach, raise funds and ultimately support more kids who need
someone to talk to."
    Kids Help Phone relies on the generous contributions of corporate and
individual donors to continue to provide its phone and online services.
WestJet Cares for Kids recently donated $20,000 to Kids Help Phone after a
successful Christmas fundraising promotion. The funds will be used for phone
and web counselors.

    About Kids Help Phone

    Kids Help Phone is Canada's only free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous
phone and online counselling, referral and information service for children
and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, confidential
and caring support to young people living in urban, rural and remote locations
right across the country. Children and youth contact Kids Help Phone about
every issue imaginable - from school, dating and family problems, to
bullying/cyber-bullying, addiction and abuse. In 2007, Kids Help Phone touched
the lives of children and youth in need from almost 3,000 Canadian communities
more than two million times through its phone and online services.
    Established in 1989, Kids Help Phone is recognized internationally as a
leader in the delivery of phone and online counselling to kids. The
not-for-profit organization employs more than 100 highly skilled counsellors
and benefits from the support of more than 10,000 fundraising volunteers in
over 50 communities from coast to coast, and the commitment of a growing
number of leading Canadian companies and their employees.
    Kids Help Phone - 'being there for kids'.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value, low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 45-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats
on its modern fleet of 73 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live
seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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





For further information:

For further information: Kids Help Phone: Kate Munoz, Sr. Coordinator,
Corporate Sponsorship and Events, (403) 645-4077, kate.munoz@kidshelpphone.ca;
WestJet: Natalie Green, Communications Coordinator, (403) 444-2274,
ngreen@westjet.com


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