Despite rain and cloudy skies, hundreds of Winnipeggers laced up their sneakers and hit the streets to raise money for Kids Help Phone Sunday.

The Walk So Kids Can Talk campaign had thousands walking across Canada Sunday, hoping to raise $2.5 million for children's mental health and well-being.

"We raised a lot of money today. We raised approximately $24,000 -- it's an unofficial total right now," said Nathan Terin, manager of Kids Help Phone for Manitoba

Many Winnipeggers sported pink anti-bullying shirts for the walk that began at the Duckworth Centre arena at the University of Winnipeg. In addition, bagpipers, clowns and musicians were on hand to perform as part of the event.

CTV's Kristin Hursh helped host the event.

Kids Help Phone offers round-the-clock professional counseling to kids and teens both online and over the phone.

"It's there for kids having a wide array of issues they're dealing with," Terin said. "Whether it be as desperate as suicide to the simple things like nobody was there for their birthday."

The event kicks off mental health awareness week, and fundraising will continue throughout the week.