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Vernon group complements anti-bullying with compliment delights

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society Goes Pink with compliment cupcakes Feb. 28
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society is bringing back its popular NOYFSS Goes Pink fundraiser, selling Compliment Cupcakes on Wednesday, Feb. 28. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society (NOYFSS) is back in the pink.

The Vernon-based organization is bringing back its popular NOYFSS Goes Pink fundraising initiative.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, NOYFSS staff will commemorate Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink and selling Compliment Cupcakes.

Pink Shirt Day is an initiative that raises awareness of bullying in schools, workplaces, homes, and online. It also raises funds to support programs and groups that foster healthy self-esteem in children and youth.

“This is a super fun initiative we started at NOYFSS many years ago,” said Dean Francks, executive director. “We haven’t had the opportunity to hold this event in its entirety since 2019, and needless to say we are excited to finally bring it back.”

Each pink-frosted cupcake not only pays tribute to Pink Shirt Day, but every cupcake will also offer a compliment.

“Anything we can do to spread kindness, especially on Pink Shirt Day is something the team at NOYFSS believes in,” said Francks.

“Complimenting others is an easy way to build relationships, improve communication, motivate people, and boost self-esteem and self-confidence.”

There are multiple ways for the business community and individuals to get involved:

• Pre-Order Compliment Cupcakes for your staff or co-workers. Orders are made by donation and will be delivered to the business location on Feb. 28;

• Make a bid on the exclusive professionally made cupcakes from local sponsors, including Gumtree Catering – more info on how to bid coming soon. Local bakeries and pastry shops are still welcome to donate their specialty cupcakes for the auction;

• Buy a cupcake at NOYFSS (3100-32nd Ave.) on Feb. 28 from 12-2 p.m. A limited number of Compliment Cupcakes will be available by donation (cash, cheque or card are accepted).

“And don’t forget to wear pink on Feb. 28 to show your support and stand up against bullying,” said NOYFSS.

All cupcakes will be sold by donation with 100 per cent of funds raised going to support children and youth anti-bullying and self-esteem programs and groups at NOYFSS.

For more information or to make a cupcake pre-order visit

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Roger Knox

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