Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund‘s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia. Here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident:
“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
After David and Travis’ act of kindness in 2007, CKNW was inspired to help other youth affected by bullying, with many staff members wearing pink shirts and collecting funds to support Boys and Girls Clubs. Since then, the idea has only grown each year, with worldwide support and participation. Countries across the globe are now organizing anti-bullying fundraisers of their own, including Japan, New Zealand, China, Panama, and numerous others. In fact, last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.
On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.
As the Pink Shirt Day movement grows each year, we not only see more and more people practicing kindness – both online and off. Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Each year, on Pink T-Shirt Day, I encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Take the message and remember it all year long.
We have talked about bulling a few times in our blogs and had a huge response. This is still happening to kids, adults, businesses through online. It is so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to them that others care. Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations – conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!
Additional resources on bullying
- BC 211
- Canadian Children’s Rights Council
- Public Safety Canada
- Canadian Red Cross
- Cerebal Palsy Guidance
- Breakdown of Bullying – Sent to us from Beth and her Mom, “She wants to start an anti-bullying coalition at her school and said this page had some great information to help her get ideas for it. Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and encouragement on behalf of her and other kids. :-)”
- Guild to Internet Safety
- Cyberbullying statistics in 2020
- Cyberbullying Laws
Ridgerwater Homes family,
Sending your team a big salute from our troop! We needed info on bullying for a PSA/awareness project so your ‘Stop bullying’ post is extremely helpful- the sources on it especially gave us some awesome references to include. I hope we aren’t being a bother but I like to send positive feedback when it’s well deserved! Plus I’m not super tech savvy so I appreciate how easy you made it for me lol.
If you have any other tips or ideas for our presentation feel free to share but only if it’s no trouble. It’s very cool to make this connection thanks again all
John and Troop 325
Kindness starts here!
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