TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 3rd, walkers from across Ontario
will join thousands of Canadians from coast to coast, in the eighth annual
Walk for Kids Help Phone. Walk events are taking place in 22 communities in
Ontario, as well as more than 50 others across Canada.
Last year, the Walk for Kids Help Phone raised $3 million to help support
Canada's only toll-free, confidential and anonymous phone and online
counselling, information and referral service for children and youth.
In 2009, Kids Help Phone is celebrating 20 years of being there for kids
in communities across Canada. Ontario residents are invited to help celebrate
by walking so kids can talk about the issues and questions that are important
When: Sunday, May 3, 2009
Community Location Start Time Special Guests
Ajax Rotary Park 11:00 a.m.
Arnprior Robert Simpson Park 10:00 a.m. John Yakabuski, MPP
Barrie South Shore 11:00 a.m. Jamie Hall, B101 radio
Chatham Kingston Park, 10:00 a.m.
Hamilton Bayfront Park 10:00 a.m. Jamie West, AM900 CHML
jake gerard, unplugged
Kingston Lemoine Point
Trillium Trail 10:00 a.m. Councillor Vicki
98.9 the Drive
Waterloo Bingemans 10:00 a.m.
London TD Waterhouse 10:00 a.m.
Mississauga Erindale Park 10:00 a.m. Matte Babel,
Muskoka Bell Central 11:00 a.m.
125 Manitoba St.
Niagara Jaycee Gardens 10:00 a.m. Michelle Cruise,
- St. Catharines 105.7 EZRock
North Bay North Bay 11:00 a.m.
Ottawa Vincent Massey 10:30 a.m. Ottawa Police Chief
Park Vernon White
(Honorary Walk Chair)
Jim Watson, MPP
Rude Awakening with
Owen Sound Harrison Park 10:00 a.m.
Quinte Zwick's Park West 10:00 a.m. DJ Steve Buskard
Sarnia Centennial Park 10:00 a.m.
- Dow People Place
Sault Ste. Marie Bellevue Park 11:00 a.m.
Sudbury Bell 11:00 a.m.
Thunder Bay St. Ignatius 11:00 a.m. John Rafferty, MP
Toronto Coronation Park 10:00 a.m. Melanie Doane
Tom Brown, CTV
Windsor Derwent Park 10:00 a.m.
York Region Boyd 10:00 a.m.
The Walk for Kids Help Phone is the largest national fundraising event
dedicated to helping ensure that Kids Help Phone will be there, by phone and
online, when young people in communities across Canada reach out for help and
Please join us on Sunday, May 3rd. To register, pledge a walker or
volunteer in your community, visit www.walkforkidshelpphone.ca
Bell is the founding sponsor of the Walk for Kids Help Phone. Joining
Bell as sponsors in 2009 are: BMO Financial Group, Compass Group Canada, G4S,
Metro Newspapers, Motorola, Nestlé Canada Inc., Parmalat, Quest Vitamins,
Sympatico/MSN, UTi and WestJet.
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
issues relevant to youth.
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.
CNW Group is proud to be the official newswire provider for Kids Help
For further information:
For further information: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator, Public
Relations, Kids Help Phone, (416) 586-5437 x8345, 1-800-268-3062 x8345,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Canada, Media
Relations, (416) 581-3311, 1-877-391-2007, email@example.com