Fight Bullying, Wear Pink

Do you remember the class bully back in elementary school? In high school?

Bullying is a worldwide phenomenon, but there are many ways to stop the cycle!

I came across three stories, one that inspired the international Anti-Bullying campaign, Pink Shirt Day, and the other two that show how people, famous or not, can do something to stop it.

David and Travis began the Pink Shirt Day campaign in Nova Scotia to support a fellow Grade 9 student who was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. So, they bought 50 pink tank tops and distributed them around school the next day. The bullies were never heard from again.

Nadin Khoury was humiliated after the video of him being kicked and beaten by seven of his classmates went viral, but he spoke up. His courage was rewarded when he was invited to The View and received a surprise visit from his favourite Eagles football players, DeSean Jackson, Jamaal Jackson, and Todd Herremans.

This February 23d is the Fourth Annual Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day. Participants wear pink to stand up against bulling and spread the message through a variety of initiatives.

Join Pink Shirt Day Campaign, CKNW, London Drugs, and Boys and Girls Club and commit to a bully-free life!

Become a mentor and a friend by:

-    Volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club. They provide a safe, supportive environment to support the healthy, educational and social development of children, youth and their families in the community

-    Becoming a Big Brother or a Big Sister. Join the Big Brother and Big Sister’s  Study Buddy program, or become a Mentor.

-    Becoming a KidStart mentor. Get paired up with a child from your community and “Coach a kid for the game of Life”.

-    Wear pink and distribute pink. Buy 50 pink shirts and distribute them at school or work.

-    Create your own way of spreading the word around. Students from David Lloyd Elementary and Churchill Secondary got together at Oakridge mall to spread the word their own way, click to watch their video.

Bullying cannot be fought with violence but with solidarity. Join Pink Shirt Day on Facebook, Twitter, or click here to register your school, business, or organization in this event.

To become involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver, contact their volunteer coordinator at (604)879-6554 or by email at volunteer@bgc-gv.bc.ca.

Pink T-shirts are sold at London Drugs Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Pick one up and help spread the message!

By Leslie Pineda