Media Advisory - Canadians get set to "Walk So Kids Can Talk" at the eighth annual Walk for Kids Help Phone



    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
to them.

    
    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
                                                       Lynn Grinstead,
                                                        myFM Radio

    Barrie           South Shore       11:00 a.m.      Jamie Hall, B101 radio
                     Community Centre

    Chatham          Kingston Park,    10:00 a.m.
                     Paxton Drive
    Hamilton         Bayfront Park     10:00 a.m.      Jamie West, AM900 CHML
                                                       Y108
                                                       jake gerard, unplugged

    Kingston         Lemoine Point
                     Conservation Area
                     Trillium Trail    10:00 a.m.      Councillor Vicki
                                                        Schmolka
                                                       Chris Wymen,
                                                        Town Crier
                                                       Jim Elliott,
                                                        98.9 the Drive

    Kitchener/
     Waterloo        Bingemans         10:00 a.m.

    London           TD Waterhouse     10:00 a.m.
                     Stadium
                     University of
                     Western Ontario

    Mississauga      Erindale Park     10:00 a.m.      Matte Babel,
                                                       CP24 Breakfast
    Muskoka          Bell Central      11:00 a.m.
    (Bracebridge)    Office
                     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.
                     Waterfront

    Ottawa           Vincent Massey    10:30 a.m.      Ottawa Police Chief
                     Park                               Vernon White
                                                        (Honorary Walk Chair)

                                                       Diane Deans,
                                                        Acting Mayor
                                                       Jim Watson, MPP
                                                       Rude Awakening with
                                                        Cub Carson,
                                                        Kitty Dines,
                                                        Jason Herrington
                                                        (Virgin Radio)

    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.
                     200 Brady
                     (Davies Square)

    Thunder Bay      St. Ignatius      11:00 a.m.      John Rafferty, MP
                      High School

    Toronto          Coronation Park   10:00 a.m.      Melanie Doane
                                                       Tom Brown, CTV
                                                       Erica Ehm

    Windsor          Derwent Park      10:00 a.m.
                     (behind Place
                     Concorde)

    York Region      Boyd              10:00 a.m.
                     Conservation Area
    

    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
hope.
    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
Phone.





For further information:

For further information: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator, Public
Relations, Kids Help Phone, (416) 586-5437 x8345, 1-800-268-3062 x8345,
virginiamiddleton@kidshelpphone.ca; Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Canada, Media
Relations, (416) 581-3311, 1-877-391-2007, jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca


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