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Is there a registration fee to participate? Do I have to raise pledges to participate?

Can I register a friend on-site on October 27 or 28?

How do people receive tax receipts for cash, cheques and/or online pledges?

Do I get a tax receipt if I pledge myself?

How much of the pledge money will go to Kids Help Phone?

To whom do I make out my cheque?

What do I do with the cash I collect?

I don't want to bring cash on event day; can I process my pledges online?

How much money does the BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone expect to raise?

What are Kids Help Phone's administration costs?

Will there be bathrooms?

How do I get to the event in my community? Is there parking available? Can I use public transit?

Can students earn volunteer hours through the BMO Boolathon?

Can people pledge my team or do they have to pledge an individual bowler?

Can people who work or live in a city where there is no official BMO Boolathon set up their own event?

 

Is there a registration fee to participate? Do I have to raise pledges to participate?

No, there's no registration fee to participate in the BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone. However, each team (of five or six) is encouraged to raise a combined minimum of $500. Priority lane assignments will be given to teams that have raised the combined minimum.

If you are unable to raise pledges, why not make a donation to Kids Help Phone?

Can I register a friend on-site on October 27 or 28?

Yes! This is a family-friendly Halloween event. We encourage you to bring your family and friends on October 27 or 28 in support of a great cause!

How do people receive tax receipts for cash, cheques and/or online pledges?

Those who pledge a bowler online will receive an electronic tax receipt within 24 hours. For pledges made by cash or cheque, a tax receipt will be issued by Kids Help Phone after the event according to the information provided on the pledge form.

Do I get a tax receipt if I pledge myself?

No. If you pledge yourself, that money counts toward your incentive prize and you will not receive a tax receipt.

Tip: If you want a tax receipt, why not pledge someone else and have her/him pledge you?

How much of the pledge money will go to Kids Help Phone?

100% of the pledge money raised will go toward ensuring Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors can continue providing immediate, confidential support, and hope to young people in your community and across Canada. Direct event costs for the BMO Boolathon are supported by sponsors, and we depend on volunteers in each community to help organize the event to offset costs.

To whom do I make out my cheque?

Please make all cheques payable to Kids Help Phone.

What do I do with the cash I collect?

You have three easy options:

  1. Take the money to any BMO Bank of Montreal branch and they will process your contribution (any time until one month after the event). Get your pledge form stamped by the teller or get a deposit slip and remember to take your pledge form and deposit slip with you to bring to the event!
  2. Process your offline pledges online by paying with your credit card.
  3. Take any pledges you have collected with you when you register on event day.

No matter what you decide, remember to bring your paper pledge form and/or your online summary with you on event day.

I don't want to bring cash on event day; can I process my pledges online?

If you don't want to bring cash on event day, you have two options:

  1. Take the money to any BMO Bank of Montreal branch and they will process your contribution (any time between now and one month after the event). Get your pledge form stamped by the teller or get a deposit slip and remember to take your pledge form and deposit slip with you to bring to the event!
  2. Process your offline pledges online by paying with your credit card.

How much money does the BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone expect to raise?

The 2011 BMO Boolathon in support of Kids Help Phone raised more than $1.1 million thanks to the awesome support of participants in close to 60 communities.

In 2012, we hope to raise the same incredible amount to help ensure Kids Help Phone can continue to be there by phone and online with the support and hope kids in communities across Canada need and deserve.

What are Kids Help Phone's administration costs?

Fundraising costs are necessary for all non-profits in order to secure the revenue they need to deliver their essential and critical service. Receiving no core operating support from any funder, Kids Help Phone must raise 100% of the necessary funds to cover the costs of delivering day and night youth counselling service, 365 days a year. In 2011, we spent considerably more money on our work than on the running of the organization and in the raising of funds combined.

Will there be bathrooms?

Yes, there will be bathrooms at every site.

How do I get to the event in my community? Is there parking available? Can I use public transit?

Please check your local bowling alley for information on parking and public transit routes.

Can students earn volunteer hours through the BMO Boolathon?

Yes, students can earn volunteer hours through the BMO Boolathon. However, hours are awarded at the discretion of individual schools, so students should check with their school to ensure this event qualifies. For more information on volunteer hours, check out the Volunteer section.

Can people pledge my team or do they have to pledge an individual bowler?

If someone prefers to pledge your team instead of pledging an individual, that's ok! Please note that pledges made to a team do not count toward individual incentive prizes.

Can people who work or live in a city where there is no official BMO Boolathon set up their own event?

If you're interested in organizing a Boolathon in your community, please contact Kids Help Phone to discuss your ideas.