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

    VANCOUVER, May 1 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 3rd, walkers from across BC will
join thousands of Canadians from coast to coast, in the eighth annual Walk for
Kids Help Phone. Walk events are taking place in six communities in BC, 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. BC residents are invited to help celebrate by
walking so kids can talk about the issues and questions that are important to

    When: Sunday, May 3, 2009

    Community    Location             Start Time        Special Guests

    Gibsons      Winegarden Park      11:00 a.m.        Mayor Barry Janyk

    Kelowna      "The Dolphins"       11:00 a.m.        Mayor Sharon
                 at Rhapsody Plaza                      Shepherd

    Nanaimo      Country Club         11:00 a.m.
                 Centre, E&N Trail

    Vancouver    Langara Family       11:00 a.m.        MP Ujjal Dosanjh,
                 YMCA (Langara Golf                     Trevor Linden,
                 Course Trail)                          Olympians Charmaine
                                                        Crooks and Steve
                                                        Jason Pires, CTV

    Victoria     Clover Point         11:00 a.m.        MLA Ida Chong
                                                        Matt Williams,
                                                        JACK FM

    White Rock   South Surrey
                 Recreation Centre    11:00 a.m.        Mayor Catherine
                                                        MLA Gordon Hogg

    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
    Please join us on Sunday, May 3rd. To register, pledge a walker or
volunteer in your community, visit
    Bell is the founding sponsor of the Walk for Kids Help Phone. Joining
Bell 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

For further information:

For further information: Matt Davis, Communications Coordinator, Kids
Help Phone, (604) 267-7057, 1-877-267-7057,;
Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Canada, Media Relations, (416) 581-3311,

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