Media Advisory - Join Juno Award-winner Jann Arden as BMO Donates Largest Ever Corporate Gift to Kids Help Phone



    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group will announce a donation to
Kids Help Phone to help launch The Kids Help Phone Futures Campaign. Kids Help
Phone is Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour bilingual phone and online
counselling service. This important donation will allow Kids Help Phone to
provide the immediate help troubled and abused Canadian kids need and deserve.
It will help support improved technology, online kids web services and an
enhanced Knowledge Management System for counsellors. Consider these startling
statistics:

    
    -   Reported cases of abuse and neglect have risen 125% from 1998
    -   More than one million children suffer from clinical disorders
    -   Suicide is second leading cause of death among 10-19 year olds

    When:     Nov. 8, 2007
              2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Where:    One First Canadian Place
              100 King Street West, Toronto
              (Entrance closest to Northwest Corner of King and Bay Streets)

    Who:      Tom McAllister - President, Kids Help Phone
              Jann Arden - Singer, songwriter and Juno Award-winner
              Bill Downe - President and Chief Executive Officer,
               BMO Financial Group
              Graham Parsons - Executive Vice President Global Private
               Banking, BMO Financial Group and Kids Help Phone's Chair of
               the Futures Campaign
    

    BMO's employee volunteers provide leadership support for Kids Help Phone
across Canada. In 2006, BMO's corporate sponsorship and employee support
totalled over $840,000.

    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 2006,
Kids Help Phone helped young people in need from almost 3,000 Canadian
communities more than 1.5 million times through its phone and online services.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Ralph Marranca, Paul Gammal,
BMO Financial Group, (416) 867-3996; Virginia Middleton, Kids Help Phone,
(416) 586-5437 ext. 8345


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