Since 2009 Ledcor employees have supported the annual Kids Help Phone's Walk So Kids Can Talk event, raising more than $1.36M in fundraising, sponsorship, and Ledcor match. May 5, 2019, marked Ledcor's 10th year of participation in the event where over 70 Ledcor employees, their families and furry friends once again rallied in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver to support this very worthwhile cause.
Since February, employees across the company participated in fundraising events including Pink Shirt Day, BBQs, cookie sales and raffles to raise both awareness and support for Kids Help Phone. Teams at the Ledcor tents at all three sites handed out popcorn, water and other snacks to enthusiastic visitors enjoying the many activities of the day.
Despite colder temperatures in Alberta, the turnout was strong in both Calgary and Edmonton. Thanks to the Calgary team of Tracy Henderson, Mike Burley, Elise Rowland, Nathen Nagie and Thomas Gates who raised more than $2,500 in donations from friends and suppliers.
The Edmonton committee of Leanne Baker, Catherine Brady, Lisa Chapman, Kirby Spurrell, Julie Baker, Sara Witzke and Kelsey Jones, also organized several successful fundraising events which added to an overall contribution of $12,680.
The total raised in 2019, with Ledcor match and support from our suppliers, was just over $140,000. Thank you to Captain Peter Hrdlitschka, and the Vancouver committee, Laura Steffins, Sandra Pasqualini, Allison Parsons, Firman Basir, Grant Diener, Lindsay Gaff, Christine Gildenstern, Randall Williams, Sarah Wong and Venus Choi, for their continued hard work and organization.
Thank you to all our teams for making this another Kids' Help Phone success.
About The Walk
Walk so Kids Can Talk provides help and hope to young people everywhere, sending them the message that we walk together to make our world a more supportive place for them.
Held on the first Sunday in May since 2002, this walk is Canada's largest for child and youth emotional health and well-being and celebrates Mental Health Week in Canada each year. The Walk allows Kids Help Phone to keep its services available to kids across Canada 24/7.
About Kids Help Phone
The Kids Help Phone service is free and anonymous and supports young people as they build skills and abilities to improve their emotional health and well-being. In addition to an array of counselling options, young people benefit from Kids Help Phone's wide range of online therapeutic resources. What began as a phone service has evolved over the last 30 years to include a resource-filled website, Live Chat, the "Always There" app and, most recently, text messaging. The organization has continued to focus on staying relevant, ensuring that their counsellors are readily available via multiple mediums and equipped to help with the wide range of emotional and mental health needs.