Pink T-shirts fight bullying

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs marks the sixth annual Pink Shirt Day Feb. 26.

Okanagan residents are urged to join a pink movement against bullying.

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs marks the sixth annual Pink Shirt Day Feb. 26.

“Pink Shirt Day 2014 will once again be an opportunity to increase public awareness in the Okanagan and beyond, demonstrating that we are all a part of the solution and won’t tolerate bullying any longer,” said Richelle Lawrence, events co-ordinator.

Pink Shirt Day originates in 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 shirt. In support, these two young men went to a discount store and purchased 50 pink T-shirts. They enlisted fellow male students to wear the pink shirts to support the new student who was being bullied.

“We want to personally invite you and all the Okanagan communities – businesses, schools, organizations and individuals alike, to take part in this crucial day by encouraging everyone to wear pink and to treat each other with the respect, caring and understanding we all deserve,” said Lawrence.

“This year we are standing up to say that we all belong and with the positive support of our families and community, we can all feel safe and secure.”

Last year, more than 4,500 people purchased pink shirts from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in support of the Anti-Bullying Movement.

“We hope even more people will join us again in raising public awareness about bully prevention.”

T-shirt order forms are available by visiting www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca to download a form. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and McDonalds restaurants from Osoyoos to Armstrong will also have T-shirts for sale from Feb. 19 to 26.

“We invite you to join us in a community partnership to increase awareness, create activities and events and help us stop bullying for good,” said Lawrence.