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Walk So Kids Can Talk Happening on Sunday

The Walk So Kids Can Talk fundraiser for Kids Help Phone is happening this Sunday at CASS.

WOODSTOCK - The Walk So Kids Can Talk is taking over the Friendly City on Sunday.

Sarah Lagrove, Manager of Corporate Development and Community Fundraising tells Heart FM Kids Help Phone uses fundraising dollars to keep their services running.

"All of the funds raised go to support our professional counselling services, which are available to kids 24-7, so at Kids Help Phone, we are always open, whether it's the middle of the night, after hours, kids can reach out to us on the phone or online through a live chat." 

Also in attendance at the event this year will be Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch and Oxford County MPP Ernie Hardeman. Hardeman actually talked about the event at the Ontario Legislature this week. Here is a transcript of what he said. 

"Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise today to recognize Children’s Mental Health Week in Ontario. It’s a great opportunity to recognize the importance of speaking up about mental health.

Last year, we had the tragic loss of a number of youth in Oxford county. These tragedies have left a hole in our community. I met with students who said we need to do more to provide mental health education and services in our schools. They also told me that bullying is still a problem in schools and online.

According to a survey done by Children’s Mental Health Ontario, over 28% of youth indicated that mental health issues are not covered in the school curriculum. Meanwhile, over 35% said that mental health issues were only covered once, in one class. We need to do more to educate students on how to cope with their struggles.

I'm happy to announce that this weekend, on May 7, Kids Help Phone will host their fundraiser, Walk So Kids Can Talk, presented by BMO, for the first time ever in Oxford. This is very exciting for our community, and I commend Kids Help Phone for their great work supporting our children and for raising awareness on this important issue.

I encourage any young people who are having problems to reach out to Kids Help Phone or their local mental health organization. It’s okay to talk about it." 

Those who attend will walk or run for 5 kilometres around the track at College Ave Secondary School on Sunday May 7th. There will also be activities for the kids and Boston Pizza will be providing a lunch. Event registration will begin at 9 a.m., the walk will kick off at 10 a.m. and things are expected to wrap up at around 11 a.m.

You can go to the Walk So Kids Can Talk website to register online. Sarah Lagrove, Manager of Corporate Development and Community Fundraising tells Heart FM you can also print your pledge sheets off the website.

"We do encourage people to get those donations before they come. Of course it's not mandatory to take part in the event but every dollar helps us keep those doors open."

Registration will begin at 9am with the walk starting an hour later and the event will end at around 11am.

The Woodstock Walk So Kids Can Talk is presented by BMO and Heart FM.

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