CityMash.com - Mark your calendars because Pink Shirt Day is just around the corner. For those of you who don’t know, Pink Shirt Day is the centre of a month-long awareness campaign and this year it falls on February 22nd.
Highlighting the issue of bullying at school, at home, at work, on the internet, and on the street, the CKNW Orphans Fund encourages you to wear an official pink shirt, button, or pin to show you do not tolerate bullying.
How it started
In 2007 two students in Nova Scotia went out and bought 50 pink t-shirts for their schoolmates to wear. They did this to show solidarity with a younger student they had seen being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
Their simple but powerful message caught the attention of the national press and out of this action, Pink Shirt day was born.
Turn the Internet pink
Use #PinkShirtPromise in any post and Coast Capital Savings will make a donation to Pink Shirt Day for each one!
Pink Shirt Day merchandise
Each year has a different tagline, and this year the phrase is “Make Nice” illustrated on the T-Shirts by a cartoon cat handing over his cheese to a smiley cartoon mouse.
You can also buy official pins, buttons, bracelets and even a limited edition Pink Shirt Day bear. All items are available online, or your can buy your shirt at London Drugs
Other ways to participate
You can make a personal donation or start your own “giving group” for your school or office through the Chimp Fund Page. This allows any kind of group or team to get together and raise BIG money. How about an inter-office challenge to see who can raise the most?
Visit the Pink Shirt Day partners who are raising funds for Pink Shirt Day in Vancouver. You can enjoy pink cupcakes at the Take Five Cafe or a pink toffee apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Imagine – eat a cupcake & fight a bully – how easy is that?
Through the partners, there are a tonne of different ways you can give your support and enjoy yourself too!
Where the money goes
Money raised from sales and events during the month go directly to antibullying initiatives such as the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BCs “YouthinBC.com” program and the Vancouver Out On Screen Film Society’s “Out in Schools” program.
How will you support Pink Shirt Day?