#PinkShirtDay ~ A lesson in kindness

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RAdm Santarpia, Comd MARLANT & JTFA and CPO1 Tom Lizotte, Formation Chief are proud to support #PinkShirtDay and encourage mbrs of the Defence team to wear pink on Wed Feb 24. Let’s stand together against bullying and foster a healthy workplace through respect. #ChooseKindness photo courtesy MARLANT @RCN_MARLANT on twitter)

Pink Shirt Day 2021 will take place on Wednesday February 24th.

Pink Shirt Day is also known as Anti-Bullying Day.

Wearing pink on Wednesday is an act of kindness. By wearing pink, you are sending a message to everyone around you that you do not support bullying in any of its horrendous and insipid forms. Bullying = Harming. Harming = Hurting. And so on it goes.

The intention of Pink Shirt Day is to demonstrate meaningful action through wearing pink, engaging in important conversations, and in 2021, it’s all about social media. Ideas and support expressing the hashtag #BullyingHurts, #PinkShirtDay, #kindnessmatters @pinkshirtday, @abusehurtca, @getsnapd, @abusehurtscom will be lighting up the virtual highway starting tonight.

#PinkShirtDay, #ChooseKindness and other hashtags will be taking over social media through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

For 2021, Pink Shirt Day, will focus on “working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.”

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings ~ And the best part – It was started by young people.

The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after male ninth grade student Chuck McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school. In Nova Scotia, then Premier Rodney MacDonald proclaimed the second Thursday of September “Stand Up Against Bullying Day” in recognition of these events.

 

Every year, an “Army of Pink” takes over schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods across the province. Over $2.3 million has been raised through Pink Shirt Day merchandise sales and donations. The programmes funded are ones that support children’s healthy self-esteem and focus on teaching empathy, compassion, and kindness.

Nothing quite beats seeing families celebrating kindness together! Thank you @Gautam123Pragya
for sharing ways we can #LiftEachOtherUp
You’re a fantastic role model for your little one! #PinkShirtDay (photo via @pinkshirtday on twitter)

 

In 2020 alone, Pink Shirt Day donations have funded programs that impacted over 59,000 children and youth, including, Kids Help Phone, KidSafe Project, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre programmes and many more.

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