The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs has joined the provincial and national movement to share the Pink Shirt Day message – Stand Up Against Bullying, on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Pink Shirt Day originates from Nova Scotia where two young men stood up to bullying in their high school. A new student was being bullied and was harassed even more when he showed up at school wearing a pink T-shirt. In support, these two young men went to a discount store and purchased 50 pink T-shirts. They enlisted fellow students to wear the pink shirts at school to support the new student who was being bullied.
Pink Shirt Day was launched from this powerful act of solidarity and it has made its way across Canada. This initiative has been a huge success. In Vancouver, the 2008 call to make a statement against bullying by wearing pink met an overwhelming response from schools, unions, nonprofit groups, employers and politicians. Thousands of people wore pink as they made their way to school or their workplace.
Today over 60,000 shirts will be sold through pinkshirtday.ca and the local London Drugs stores and will support the efforts of organizations like Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in providing a safe, secure place where children, youth and their families feel they belong.
“Together we can make the difference in ensuring everyone in our community feels safe and a sense of belonging,” said Richelle Leckey, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs community engagement coordinator.