In four weeks, a Day of Pink will be held in Weyburn by the Canadian Red Cross. This special day was created to celebrate respect and to encourage others to join anti-bullying movements.
Day of Pink events will be marked across the nation on Wednesday, April 9. Thousands of others across the province will mark the special day by walking in pink parades, cheering at pink rallies, and showing the world that they can imagine healthy environments for all youth.
Businesses, organizations and schools can still order Day of Pink T-shirts online, but it is important to finalize those orders now. In addition to the Day of Pink T-shirts, the Red Cross also sells hats and stickers, with all proceeds supporting bullying prevention education.
George Barker, Weyburn and Estevan Community Outreach Coordinator for the Red Cross, said that the provincial director of Red Cross has made a friendly bet with the provincial director in Manitoba, with the goal to sell the most T-shirts and have the most schools involved. The loser of the bet will have to wear the winning province’s team jersey at their Legislature building.
Order forms for the promotional items and more information on the event is available at www.redcross.ca/PinkSK.
The Day of Pink province-wide campaign has grown dramatically since it was introduced in 2011, involving over 20,000 youth in 320 schools all over Saskatchewan in 2013 alone.
The original Day of Pink program began in 2007 after two high school students in Nova Scotia took a stand against bullying in their school. The students asked all of their peers to wear pink to school after they heard a male classmate was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
This campaign has struck a chord, rallying people of all ages to wear pink for the cause, and for many it is experience as the victim of bullying that is motivating their support.
Employees have joined in the fight against bullying by wearing pink, taking part in anti-bullying initiatives, and volunteering for the Red Cross Day of Pink events in Saskatchewan.
The Red Cross offers an extensive network of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the province.