Decked out in pink

Madison Erhardt

The fourth annual Pink Shirt Day breakfast packed the Laurel Packinghouse Wednesday morning. 

The venue on Ellis Street and Cawston Avenue was full of pink, with a sold-out breakfast supporting the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. 

"It's the hottest ticket in town. We have been sold out for two whole weeks,"  said Diane Entwistle, CEO Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. "The only requirement was that you wear pink and you are here to support and spread kindness."

The tradition started when two teens from Nova Scotia took a stand against bullying.

A boy was being made fun of for wearing a pink shirt to school. The teens decided to take action. They bought 50 pink tank tops to hand out to students at their school the next day. 

Since this act of solidarity, Pink Shirt Day has made its way across Canada and into BC and is now internationally recognized.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was decked out in pink at the Packinghouse to officially declare Feb. 28 as Pink Shirt Day and Kindness Day in the City of Kelowna. 

"We are trying to create a community where everybody should be able to find their place. We want to create a community that everyone can call home regardless of their race, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of who they choose to worship or how much money they have," Basran added 

Make sure you put on your pink in support of spreading kindness. 

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