Are you wearing pink today? February 24 is the day for Pink Shirt Day in 2021, and here’s the story behind the Canada-wide initiative that is getting a lot of support. Find out more about the anti-bullying campaign below.
The Pink Shirt Day story and its goal
The campaign goal is to educate people of all ages about bullying, which includes its harmful effects. It raises awareness about why people bully and effective ways to stop it. Bullying happens to men and women in schools, the workplace, and online.
As for what are Pink Shirt Day origins, began when two students in Nova Scotia started the campaign to stand up against the bullying they saw happening in school. The two boys spread the message that they would not put up with bullying when they protested the harassment happening to a new Grade 9 student by giving pink t-shirts to all boys at the school.
By wearing pink, you show that you are an advocate for change and do not think it is okay to bully someone else. Bullying can damage the mental health of the person experiencing it, leading to feelings of shame, loneliness, confusion, and sadness.
Here’s the great thing about Pink Shirt Day. It’s NOT saying bullies are bad people. No, it’s saying that bullies have issues that cause them to display these behaviors. So, it is about changing those behaviors. It’s not an “us versus them” mentality but instead, it’s “let’s work together.”
Women standing up for anti-bullying
Women are making a difference in anti-bullying efforts on Pink Shirt Day. In BC, the 2015 Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon raised a whopping $45,000 for BC-based programs against bullying. Wow!
The event took place on February 20 at Vancouver’s Blue Water Cafe. Along with the lunch, there was a silent auction. The event involved bidding on items such as spa sessions, gift bags, and wine. Then there was a live auction for exclusive items from local retailers.
A primary organizer of Pink Shirt Day and this women’s luncheon is the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, along with Coast Capital Savings. Jen Schaeffers is the Executive Director of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. She also created NetworkinginVancouver.com.
At the luncheon, she gave a speech that included telling a story about her daughter. Jen’s daughter asked her, “Mommy, am I pretty?” As Jen explained in her speech at the Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon, she told her that inner beauty and good values are most important.
Showing your support
To support Pink Shirt Day and its anti-bullying message, you can make a donation or buy the official t-shirt at London Drugs to wear on February 24. Alternatively, wear pink to show your support on the 25th and share the hashtags #PinkItForward and #PinkShirtDay on your favorite social media networks. Let’s put an end to bullying, once and for all!