This year, the girls and I will be wearing pink shirts to raise awareness about cyber bullying. Check out the VLOG they have created (includes outttskes):
Here’s a skit version that’s bound to make you giggle:
What is Pink Shirt Day?
Being kind is something J and I try to instill in our girls. We also encourage them to stand up for issues that they value because every voice counts. Pink Shirt Day is one of those important values. It is a movement started by two teens who took a stand against bullying and organized a protest when a new student was bullied. Read their story below:
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”
— GLOBE & MAIL
As the Pink Shirt Day movement grows each year, we not only see more and more people practicing kindness – both online and off – we are pleased to use the funds raised through official merchandise sales and donations to help hundreds of kids affected by bullying. Since 2008, net proceeds of over $1.8 million have been distributed to support youth anti-bullying programs in British Columbia and throughout Western Canada. In 2017 alone, we were able to support programs that impacted more than 59,300 youth and children.
When is it?
February 28, 2018.
How to get involved:
For each #PinkItForward is used, $1 will be donated to support anti-bullying programs for youth in BC. You can also donate, wear your support with their Pink Shirts (can be purchased at London Drugs or here), fundraise and/or enlist your school or simply raise awareness, like we did, with a video.
If you are being bullied or have been bullied, PinkShirtDay can help.