Bullying Stops with You and Me.We are the Solution!
February 26, 2014 Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Promotes Wearing Pink to Raise Awareness
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are once again joining the Provincial and National movement to celebrate Pink Shirt Day – I Belong, Bullying Stops with Me, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
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.
Many people believe, likely because they experienced it themselves, that bullying is a “rite of passage” for kids-required in order to deal with the tough realities of life. At Boys and Girls Clubs, we know that victims of bullying, witnesses of bullying and bullies themselves all experience the very real and long term negative impacts of bullying regardless of its forms-physical, verbal, written or on-line (cyber-bullying). We also know that there are constructive and supportive ways to help children and youth develop skills to prevent bullying and to thrive. And, we know that by developing those skills in a supportive environment, the emotional and psychological scars from bullying that haunt and shape people’s futures can be avoided.
Okanagan Boys & Girls Club kids, staff, School Districts, schools, City Councils, McDonald’s, Harmony Honda, Rona, Kal Tire, Capri Insurance, Interior Savings, RBC, Waterfront Eye Care, Tolko, Best Western, The Delta Grand, Manteo, The Bridge, UBCO and many others will be wearing pink to raise awareness and to demonstrate that we are all part of the solution to stop bullying.
We are encouraging the Okanagan communities to wear pink on February 26th to show that bullying will no longer be tolerated. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Pink on February 26th supporting the Anti-Bullying Movement.
Shirts can still be purchased at your local McDonalds and Boys and Girls Clubs locations between February 19th and 26th . until supplies last”, said Richelle Lawrence, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Events Coordinator.
Through the proceeds of t-shirt sales, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are able to provide on going programs that foster self esteem, social engagement, academic success, inclusion, acceptance, respect for self and others, and connection to community-all of which are key elements of bullying prevention. Boys and Girls Clubs proudly participate in Pink Shirt Day because it promotes awareness, understanding and openness about the problem and a shared commitment to a solution.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs rely heavily on community support to deliver our daily Club programs. Supporting Pink Shirt Day supports everyone who has experienced bullying as well as Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs anti-bullying programs. We want to thank the Kelowna Firefighters Charitable Society and Rona who have also agreed to present a cheque on February 26th to support the work being done with the young people attending Boys and Girls Clubs in the Okanagan.
Thank You for joining our efforts to STOP bullying.
For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview or photo shoot with our Club kids, please call Richelle Lawrence at 250-762-3989 ext 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org here