The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are once again joining the Provincial and National movement to celebrate Pink Shirt Day on 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 about bullying.
People are invited to wear pink in order to show that bullying will no longer be tolerated. Activities will be happening throughout the Okanagan to provide education, awareness and to teach skills that encourage empathy during the week leading up to Pink Shirt Day.
The idea originated in Nova Scotia, when a new high school student was bullied for 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 act of solidarity, Pink Shirt Day has made its way across Canada and into BC and is now internationally recognized. This year the response has been overwhelming, with over 3,500 shirts being sold so far in the Okanagan. Pink Shirts will be available at Boys and Girls Clubs and McDonalds Restaurants throughout the Okanagan February 20-27, or until supplies last.