Boston Pizza International Inc.

Boston Pizza International Inc.

November 01, 2005 08:00 ET

Boston Pizza's Kid's Card Dials up Dollars for Kids Help Phone; More Than $1.1 Million Raised Across Canada through Annual Campaign

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2005) - Boston Pizza International Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the third annual Kid's Card campaign in support of Kids Help Phone. Boston Pizza's goal is to raise $65,000 this year across Canada.

From November 1st - 30th, customers can buy a Kid's Card at any Boston Pizza restaurant across Canada for a minimum three dollar donation to Kids Help Phone. The card, valued at $35, is good for one year and can be redeemed for eight free kid's meals.

"Boston Pizza is proud to be a national sponsor of Kids Help Phone for the past seven years," says Mark Pacinda, President of Boston Pizza International Inc. "Through the Boston Pizza Foundation, we have raised more than $1.1 million for Kids Help Phone and look forward to another successful fundraising campaign this year. It's important to all of us at Boston Pizza to give back to our communities and support Canadian kids in need."

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national, bilingual, 24-hour, toll-free confidential and anonymous phone and web counselling, referral and information service for children and youth aged 4 - 21. Professional counselors trained in social services and crisis intervention answer more than 1,000 calls and online questions each day about relationships, school-related problems, abuse, depression, health and sexuality, alcohol and substance abuse, and suicide.

"We're extremely grateful for the support Boston Pizza has provided to Kids Help Phone through their fundraising and awareness campaigns," says Bill Saul, President and CEO of Kids Help Phone. "With their help last year, Kids Help Phone handled 413,000 calls and online questions and provided 140,000 hours of counselling in communities right across Canada."

Boston Pizza International Inc. established the Boston Pizza Foundation to manage the company's national and local charitable activities throughout Canada. The Foundation raises funds for three charities on a national level including Kids Help Phone, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All funds collected from individual restaurants are paid into the Foundation and are then distributed to the charitable organization. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has raised more than $4 million for various Canadian charities.

Boston Pizza International Inc. has more than 220 restaurants in Canada, with 2004 sales in excess of $435 million. The company has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Platinum Club members, and in 2003 was inducted into the Canadian Franchise Association's Hall of Fame. Boston Pizza International Inc. is headquartered in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec to support its expansion. For more information visit www.bostonpizza.com.

Kids Help Phone's number is 1-800-668-6868. For more information, visit www.kidshelpphone.ca.

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