The Walk for Kids Help Phone Receives International Support with "Team Kandahar"



    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - For the first time in its history, the Walk for
Kids Help Phone will have an international team of walkers raising funds and
awareness, thanks to a team of Canadians in Afghanistan. On Sunday May 3rd,
Team Kandahar will be walking so that kids in Canada can talk.
    Roy Harten, team captain for Team Kandahar, is a Bell Aliant employee who
has taken a leave of absence to do a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Mr. Harten
was part of the organizing committee for the inaugural walk in Sault Ste.
Marie last year and wanted to continue his support while overseas.
    "It's wonderful to hear about the passion and support this team has for
Kids Help Phone and the services we provide," said Graham Lute, Interim
President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "The fact that they're overseas, serving
their country and still taking the time to help kids in their community back
home is a great inspiration for the many thousands of people who will be
walking with us on May 3rd."
    Currently, Team Kandahar has five overseas walkers registered and the
team's fundraising is well underway. Team members include: Roy Harten, from
Sault Ste Marie, Ont.; Larry Johnston, from Pembroke, Ont.; Ron Boyer, from
Sudbury, Ont.; Vince Cayer, from Halifax, N.S.; and Luc Ferland, from
Montréal, Que.
    "For youth who have a parent or guardian overseas, it can be a worrying,
stressful time. Kids need to know they have somewhere to turn if they need to
talk," says Mr. Harten. "That's why it's important for us to raise funds and
awareness for this service which is a fantastic resource for military
families."
    To pledge Team Kandahar, make a donation or to learn more about the Walk
for Kids Help Phone, visit www.kidshelpphone.ca/teamkandahar.
    Sponsors of the 2009 Walk for Kids Help Phone are: Bell, BMO Financial
Group, Compass Group Canada & ESS North America, G4S, Metro Newspapers,
Motorola, Nestlé Canada Inc., Parmalat, Quest Vitamins, Sympatico/MSN, UTi and
WestJet. Event suppliers include AIR MILES Reward Program, ATS, Boston Pizza,
Empire Theatres Ltd., and Nestlé Pure Life.

    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, Kids Help Phone,
Coordinator, Public Relations, (416) 586-5437 x 8345,
virginia.middleton@kidshelpphone.ca; Kendra MacIsaac, Kids Help Phone,
Coordinator, Marketing & Fund Development, Northern Ontario, (705) 665-1143,
kendra.macisaac@kidshelpphone.ca


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