Today marks Pink Shirt Day. An annual day dedicated to standing united, and raising awareness against bullying. The day is highlighted by different events being held, along with people encouraged to wear pink.
An event was held at the Ramada Ballroom this morning bringing over 250 kids from different Prince George schools together for a morning of speeches, song, and dance. The event “Youth in Harmony” was was put on by the Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society.
With a background of hundreds of dancing kids out fitted in pink, event organizer Vahid Mathiscyk “It’s reassuring to see kids coming together, to share the message of anti bullying. Also remembering it’s not just a one day thing. We need to keep this energy going and make sure bullying is being eliminated.” said Mathiscyk.
The Society was able to make the event happen with help from a grant provided by the National RCMP Family Violence Initiative.
Another “Pink Shirt Day” event going on included the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of Prince George teaming up with Exit Prince George. BBBS was set up at the escape room venue, selling pink merchandise from toques, and shirts, to candy apples. Fifty percent of all purchases at Exit today are going towards BBBS and their mentoring programs to help stop bullying.
In 2008, former BC Premier Gordon Campbell proclaimed February 27 to be provincial anti-bullying day. Marking today the tenth time the day is being celebrated in our province.