We love Canadian giving success stories and really love stories that spread global happiness. Pink shirt Day is one of those stories. What started as an act of kindness has turned into a global movement to stop bullying both on and offline.
1 in 5 kids are bullied. That’s 20%, not a small number. It is an escalating problem that started in playgrounds and schools but quickly moved to social media and online communications. Bullying effects not only the person who is the victim of bullying but also the bullies themselves and those who witness the act of bullying. So though 20% if our kids are bullied, the effects of bullying go much further than the statistics show.
It is an ugly mess, a harmful mess that increases anxiety, contributes to poor performance both at school and at work, increases the use alcohol and drugs later in life, and makes everyone effected by the act of bullying, unhappy, distressed and depressed. No one deserves this way of life and a simple give on February 28th can help
Pink Shirt? Why a pink shirt? The story behind the pink shirt is a beautiful one, a real act of courage and support for those affected by bullying.
In 2007, a young boy wore a pink shirt to school. He ended up being bullied by another student for wearing his pink shirt. The next day, David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends wore pink shirts to stop the bully and support the bullied. Wow! The support from the other boys, this simple act of giving, supported the male student who was bullied and immediately stopped the bully. Today, Pink Shirt Day is a global movement that brings awareness of bullying and raises funds for community programs that help stop bullying and spread the anti-bullying message.
So put it on your calendars. Your give on February 28th is to wear a pink shirt, or donate to the Pink Shirt cause, or send a note of gratitude to the Pink Shirt Movement. If online gives are your favorite, give the Pink Shirt Facebook Page a like and use the Hashtag #pinkshirtday to stop bullying online.
If someone asks why you are wearing a pink shirt on February 28th or compliments you on your pink shirt, let them know the importance of Pink Shirt Day. The message is as important as your support. Together we can all spread more anti-bullying messages and a little bit of happiness.
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