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Pink Shirt Day takes aim at bullying

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will again joining the provincial and national movements to celebrate Pink Shirt Day—Bullying Stops Here, on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

City councils across the Okanagan along with Boys & Girls Club kids, staff, school districts, McDonald’s staff and other community members will be wearing pink to raise awareness and to demonstrate that we are all part of the solution to stop bullying.

Boys and Girls Club members across the Okanagan will be participating in planned activities that provide education, awareness and teach skills to encourage empathy building during the week leading up to Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia where a new high school student was being bullied and harassed when he showed up at school wearing a pink T-shirt.

In support, two young men purchased 50 pink T-shirts from a discount store and enlisted fellow students to wear the pink shirts at school to support the new student who was being bullied.

Since this powerful act of solidarity, Pink Shirt Day has made its way across Canada and into B.C. and is now internationally recognized. This year, the response has been overwhelming, with more than 3,500 shirts being sold so far sold in the Okanagan.

Pink Shirts will be available at Boys and Girls Clubs and McDonald’s outlets throughout the Okanagan from Feb. 20 to 27 until supplies last.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are a leading provider of programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 6,000 young people and their families each year since 1959.

 

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