On Thursday, April 2nd 2009, the Kelowna Chapter of Kids Help Phone will host an evening reception to officially launch the 2009 Walk for Kids Help Phone in Kelowna. The evening will feature an appearance by Ross Rebagliati, presentations and refreshments – including a special award being presented to 2008’s top fundraiser.

Last year, walkers in Kelowna raised over $15,000 to help keep Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors available for children and youth.  In 2009, Kids Help Phone is celebrating 20 years of being there for kids in communities across Canada.

What: A reception to kick of the 2009 Walk for Kids Help Phone in Kelowna
When: Thursday April 2 – 5:30 pm – 7pm
Where: Bank of Montreal – 1141 Harvey Avenue
Who: Kelowna-area volunteers, past and future Walk for Kids Help Phone participants, & Ross Rebagliati

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 2008, Kids Help Phone touched the lives of children and youth in need from communities in the Thompson/Okanagan Region more than 32,000 times through its phone and online services.