What if you always had someone in your corner, someone who was there for you no matter what? Every year more than 10,000 youths from 183 B.C. communities reach out for help and advice from the free professional counsellors at Kids Help Phone.

The Kids Help Phone service is provided across Canada on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. The callers have a full range of mental health issues, from anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings to bullying, harassment and family problems.

The Kids Help Phone is anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental. This year the Kids Help Phone has been working with the Surrey Safe Schools, YMCA, Surrey Youth Engagement, & Surrey Board of Trade to raise awareness of these services among local youth.

As a charity, the Kids Help Phone relies on donations and funds raised from the annual Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO to continue to be there for Canada’s youth, whenever they are needed.

This year the first annual Surrey – Walk so Kids Can Talk event will be held on May 7th, in Holland Park. This will be a fun family oriented event with lots of entertainment including the RCMP Marching Pipe Band, Celtic fiddle guitar duo “even Steven”, and featuring local teen sensations Ava Carich and Richard Tichleman. There will also be mascots, face painting, sports games, photo booths, a bouncy castle, food trucks, a BBQ and much more.

The Chairperson of the Surrey – Walk so Kids Can Talk, Martin Straith notes “Our objectives are to raise awareness so every Surrey youth is aware of these services, raise funds to ensure these services are maintained, and to have a fun family event that the people and businesses of Surrey enjoy and support.”

“Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a growing and diverse youth population.  There are many challenges for young people in Surrey and via the Surrey – Walk so Kids Can Talk we are trying to build a supportive community for the Surrey Youth.

Surrey – Walk so Kids Can Talk, Sunday, May 7th, Holland Park. Registration starts at 10:00 am, Walk starts at 11:00 am

The Kids Help Phone toll-free line is 1-800-668-6868 and the website is http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/. To register for the Walk and/or donate go to https://walksokidscantalk.ca/.

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