Eighth Annual Walk for Kids Help Phone raises $3 million

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Participants in more than 55 communities across
Canada laced up their walking shoes on Sunday, May 3rd and helped raise more
than $3 million in the eighth annual Walk for Kids Help Phone.
    Kids Help Phone is Canada's only toll-free, bilingual, confidential and
anonymous phone and online counselling, referral and information service for
children and youth. Funds raised through the Walk for Kids Help Phone
represent approximately one third of the charity's annual operating budget.
    "This year, we invited our supporters to walk so kids could continue to
have someplace safe where they can talk about the problems and questions that
are important to them," said Graham Lute, Interim President and CEO, Kids Help
Phone. "Canadians certainly stepped up to the challenges and we appreciate the
support of everyone who came out to walk or who pledged a friend or coworker
in this important event."
    Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors have been providing help and
hope to kids across Canada since 1989. The funds raised at this year's Walk
for Kids Help Phone will ensure that kids in communities across Canada can
continue to receive the support they need today, tomorrow and for many years
to come.
    Bell is the founding sponsor of the Walk for Kids Help Phone. Joining
Bell as sponsors of the 2009 Walk are: 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.
    For more information about the 2009 Walk for Kids Help Phone, or to view
photos from events across the country, visit walkforkidshelpphone.ca.

    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.

    Event photos are available on CNW

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

For further information:

For further information: Virginia Middleton, Kids Help Phone,
Coordinator, Public Relations, (416) 586-5437 x 8345,

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