Canadians Prepare for a spook-tacular time at BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone

    -  Fundraising goal of nearly $600,000.
    -  BMO employees, families and friends from 32 communities across Canada
       to participate.
    -  New communities in 2008 include: Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton,
       Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Winnipeg, Cornwall, Sudbury, York Region,
       Saint John, Halifax and St. John's.

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Thousands of BMO Employees from 32 communities
across Canada will participate in the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help
Phone on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26. This important national
event raises much needed funds to meet the growing demand for the charity's
phone and web counselling services.
    "With the addition of 13 new communities from across Canada, this is an
exciting year for the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone," said
Mary Proux, VP Fund Development & Regional Operations at Kids Help Phone. "The
event will help raise awareness and much needed funds so that more children in
more communities in Canada can get the support they need. We're looking
forward to welcoming families across the country to one of our many sites and
we all hope to have a fantastic time."
    Started as a single-location event by BMO Financial Group employees in
1991, the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone is a Halloween-themed
bowling event that has grown into a popular and spook-tacular day. Last year,
the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone raised $460,000 and this
year the national goal is $595,000.
    "BMO is proud to support Kids Help Phone knowing that our contribution
provides important services for our communities, helping ensure that trained
counsellors can connect with the growing number of children who need them,"
said Sandra Hanington, Executive Vice President Customer Strategies and
Marketing, BMO Bank of Montreal and Kids Help Phone board member. "Each year,
employees across Canada are invigorated by the BMO Boo-la-thon and look
forward to fun and fundraising!"

    BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone: 2008 Locations

    Province                     Community              Date

    British Columbia             Kamloops               Saturday, October 25
                                 Prince George          Saturday, October 25
                                 Vancouver              Saturday, October 25

    Alberta                      Calgary                Sunday, October 26
                                 Edmonton               Sunday, October 26
                                 Fort McMurray          Sunday, October 26

    Saskatchewan                 Moose Jaw              Sunday, October 26
                                 Regina                 Sunday, October 26
                                 Saskatoon              Saturday, October 25
                                 Yorkton                Saturday, October 25

    Manitoba                     Winnipeg               Sunday, October 26

    Ontario                      Barrie                 Sunday, October 26
                                 Chatham                Saturday, October 25
                                 Cornwall               Sunday, October 26
                                 Durham (Oshawa)        Sunday, October 26
                                 Etobicoke              Saturday, October 25
                                 Kingston               Sunday, October 26
                                 Kitchener-Waterloo     Saturday, October 25
                                 London                 Sunday, October 26
                                 Niagara                Sunday, October 26
                                 North York             Saturday, October 25
                                 Ottawa                 Sunday, October 26
                                 Quinte                 Sunday, October 26
                                 Sarnia                 Saturday, October 25
                                 Sudbury                Sunday, October 26
                                 Thunder Bay            Saturday, October 25
                                 Toronto                Saturday, October 25
                                 (Funeral Services      Thursday, October 30
                                 Windsor                Saturday, October 25
                                 York Region            Sunday, October 26

    New Brunswick                Saint John             Saturday, October 25

    Nova Scotia                  Halifax                Saturday, October 25

    Newfoundland and Labrador    St. John's             Saturday, October 25

    For more information about the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help
Phone taking place in your area and how you can sponsor a boo-ler or get
involved, please visit

    About Kids Help Phone

    Kids Help Phone is Canada's only free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous
phone and online counselling, referral and information service for children
and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, confidential
and caring support to young people living in urban, rural and remote locations
right across the country. Children and youth contact Kids Help Phone about
every issue imaginable - from school, dating and family problems, to
bullying/cyber-bullying, addiction and abuse. In 2007, Kids Help Phone touched
the lives of children and youth in need from almost 3,000 Canadian communities
more than two million times through its phone and online services.
    Established in 1989, Kids Help Phone is recognized internationally as a
leader in the delivery of phone and online counselling to kids. A charitable
organization, Kids Help Phone employs more than 100 highly skilled counsellors
and benefits from the support of more than 10,000 fundraising volunteers in
communities from coast to coast, and the commitment of a growing number of
leading Canadian companies and their employees.

    About BMO Financial Group

    As a founding sponsor of Kids Help Phone, BMO has been supporting the
critical efforts of this organization since its inception and, through BMO's
extensive network of employee volunteers, provides leadership support for
chapters of Kids Help Phone from coast to coast. In 2007 alone, notable
contributions to Kids Help Phone from BMO Financial Group and its employees
included $412,000 raised from the BMO Presidents' Cup Golf event, $200,000
annual sponsorship for Kids Help Phone's Student Ambassador Program and
$460,000 raised during the employee-driven BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids
Help Phone (bowling fundraisers) and several other local fundraising
initiatives. Kids Help Phone launched their first ever capital campaign in
2007 to raise $7.5 million to support their infrastructure of which
BMO Financial Group gave the Visionary gift of $2 million.

    CNW Group is proud to be the official newswire provider for Kids Help

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Virginia Middleton, Kids Help
Phone, (416) 586-5437 x 8345,; Jodi Salem,
BMO Bank of Montreal, (416) 867-3996,

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