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



    HALIFAX, May 1 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 3rd, walkers from across Atlantic
Canada will join thousands of Canadians from coast to coast, in the eighth
annual Walk for Kids Help Phone. Walk events are taking place in 11
communities throughout Atlantic Canada, 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. Residents in Atlantic Canada 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

    New Brunswick

    Fredericton        Queens Square           1:00 p.m.

    Moncton            Centennial Park         1:00 p.m.
                       Bandstand

    Saint John         Rockwood Park           1:00 p.m.

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    Corner Brook       Aliant Office           1:00 p.m.
                       (332 O'Connell Dr.)

    St. John's         Bowring Park
                       (Waterford Bridge
                       Road entrance; at       1:00 p.m.      Deputy Mayor
                       the bungalow)                          Ron Ellsworth

    Nova Scotia

    Halifax            Shubie Park, Dartmouth  1:00 p.m.      Maria
                                                              Panopalis,
                                                              Breakfast
                                                              Television

    Kentville          Lockhart Ryan           1:00 p.m.
    	                   Memorial Park
                       New Minas

    Pictou County      Empire Theatres         1:00 p.m.
    (Stellarton)       612 East River Rd.,
                       New Glasgow

    Sydney             Aliant Parking Lot      1:00 p.m.
                       (56 Pitt St.)

    Prince Edward
    Island

    Charlottetown      Confederation Landing   1:00 p.m.

    Summerside         56 Water St.            1:00 p.m.
                       (Wendy's Parking Lot)
    

    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 Aliant is the founding sponsor of the Walk for Kids Help Phone in
Atlantic Canada and A-Channel is the Atlantic Regional sponsor. Joining Bell
Aliant and A-Channel 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: Tara Haley, Associate, Philanthropic Giving and
Communications, Kids Help Phone, (902) 457-0697, tara.haley@kidshelpphone.ca;
Rebecca Bell, Community Relations Manager, Bell Aliant, (709) 689-8900,
rebecca.bell@aliant.ca


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