Painting the Town Pink

By carlynn

Calgary kids take a stand against bullying with Pink Shirt Day. 

Pink Shirt Day Edited

On Feb. 26, 2014, children and youth at Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) celebrated the seventh annual Pink Shirt Day. BGCC's Penbrooke Club hosted Pink Shirt Day activities, sponsored by Future Shop, inviting kids to participate in activities that displayed their commitment to end bullying. Club kids and BGCC staff, all wearing Pink Shirts, created ‘STOP bullying’ signs, signed a ‘stand up against bullying’ contract, decorated anti-bullying cookies, and more. Kids saw a special video message from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, in which he stated his stand against bullying and encouraged kids to do the same.

Pink Shirt Day CollageFor the seventh year, London Drugs supported the powerful Pink Shirt Day campaign by selling the official anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day shirts at all London Drugs locations. The net proceeds from the t-shirt sales in Calgary will directly support BGCC’s anti-bullying programs.

"As a young person who has experienced the effects of bullying I am happy to know that London drugs and Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are taking a stand against bullying and supporting our youth," says Shannon Borynsky, 18 years old. “Bullying is a big issue in our community and I know from experience how helpful Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary anti-bullying programs are to kids. Not only do they help kids learn ways to cope – they teach skills to put an end to bullying in all of its forms.”

Pink Shirt Day was started six years ago following an anti-bulling stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students. The students took action after witnessing a grade nine student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying.

Every seven minutes, someone is bullied on a playground in Canada. A recent University of Guelph Bullying Study found that 50% of Canadian school children report being bullied, with 45% of surveyed children feeling unsafe when they go to school. Bullying is demoralizing, wrecks self-esteem and has led to shootings and suicides in Canada. Bullying happens in many different forms, but its intention is to purposely make someone else feel bad. Through awareness and education, Canadians can continue to take a stand against bullying.

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