BMO Financial Group steps forward as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Walk so
Kids Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone
Canada's largest walk to support of child and youth mental health and
well-being will be held in more than 30 communities across Canada on Sunday,
May 5th, 2013
TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone is pleased to announce BMO
Financial Group as the new presenting sponsor of the Walk so Kids Can Talk -
Canada's largest walk in support of child and youth mental health and
well-being - as it joins the marquee fundraising event's existing roster of
caring and dedicated corporate supporters.
"This partnership is wonderful news and a real milestone in our longstanding
relationship with BMO," says Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone.
"We're excited about welcoming BMO employees to this extraordinary Walk so
Kids Can Talk campaign benefitting the young people who contact us every day,
reaching out for critical mental health support. We feel privileged to share
our vision of healthy communities with BMO, and to step forward as one
community for one cause - kids."
"The bank couldn't be more proud to be the presenting sponsor of Walk so Kids
Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone, an organization that BMO and its
employees have long and enthusiastically supported -- as one of its founding
partners," said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO
Financial Group. "We care about kids, and as part of our broadened
partnership, this walk will see BMO employees right across Canada join
together with their families to have some fun, raise funds and do something
important for young people."
The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is a nationwide effort where
thousands of kids, parents, educators, community members, and corporations
come together to support the *6.5 million kids, teens and young adults in
Canada who can benefit from Kids Help Phone's service.
It takes many dedicated individuals and organizations to make this important
campaign possible, and Kids Help Phone would like to acknowledge, thank and
celebrate its other 2013 national Walk corporate supporters and their
Air Miles LoyaltyOne, Parmalat Canada, Nestlé Canada
Community Engagement Partners:
Bell, Bell Aliant, Empire Theatres
"Partnership is essential so that Kids Help Phone can keep its promise to 'be
there' for kids," says David Gray, Vice President, Marketing, Communications +
Strategic Development, Kids Help Phone. "Our relationships with dedicated and
passionate companies bring new ideas and critical funding, which help us
ensure we continue being available to young people across Canada, offering
support and hope whenever and however they need it. We are very fortunate to
have all of the national, regional and community partners that we do, who make
it possible for us to deliver our essential service."
As one of Kids Help Phone's founding partners, BMO Financial Group has been
working with Kids Help Phone since 1989, offering support that has been
critical for several generations of young people across Canada. As the
presenting sponsor of the Walk so Kids Can Talk, BMO's enhanced commitment to
Kids Help Phone means that BMO employees across the country will be bringing
out their walking shoes, along with their dedication to young people's
well-being on Sunday May 5, 2013.
Please visit www.walksokidscantalk.ca for more details about this important
campaign, and to register as a 2013 Walk participant.
* Source: Represents the number of Canadians from 5 to 20 (the age group Kids
Help Phone serves) according to Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 051-0001.
Last modified: 2012-09-27.
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in
providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children
and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and young adults in
Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through our free, anonymous
and confidential service. Our professional counsellors support the mental
health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and
remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and
resources online and by phone. Our internationally recognized, award-winning
websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer
online counselling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and
information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national
charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core government funding and relies on
community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in French.
To learn more about Kids Help Phone, please visit www.kidshelpphone.ca
You can also find us at:
facebook.com/kidshelpphone twitter.com/kidshelpphone youtube.com/kidshelpphone
Pascale Guillotte Director of Communications Kids Help Phone 416-581-8974
1-800-268-3062 ext. 8974 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Gray Vice President, Marketing, Communications + Strategic Development
Kids Help Phone 416-581-8951 1-800-268-3062 ext. 8951
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