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Pink Shirt Day: Wednesday, February 25
2008 Pink Day supporters, Interurban Campus

Wednesday, February 25

When you wear a pink shirt on Wednesday, you’ll be standing in solidarity with thousands of other activists like Camosun’s Kerry-anne Doole, a Community, Family and Child Studies student who hopes to end bullying in schools and in work places.

Pink Shirt Day began in February of 2007 in a Nova Scotia high school after a student was bullied for wearing a pink Polo shirt to his first day of grade nine—he was taunted and ridiculed with verbal abuse and threats of physical violence. Two older boys noticed what was happening and decided to take a stand. After school, they went to the local thrift store and bought every pink shirt they could find. Then they emailed their classmates with their plan. The next day they gave out dozens of shirts—Ts, tanks and tops—but in addition, hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes. The “Sea of Pink” story has since inspired anti-bullying action in communities across Canada and beyond. In 2008, radio broadcaster Christy Clark undertook CKNW’s most successful campaign ever, garnering over 127,000 Facebook responses.

Kerry-anne is challenging the Camosun community to don pink this Wednesday. For those who don’t have pink, there will be an information booth in the Fisher Foyer at Lansdowne Campus. There, you can talk to Kerry-anne and learn more about bullying and what you can do to end it. You can also pick up a pink ribbon to show your support.

For more ideas about how to get involved, visit pinkshirtday.ca

Last updated: February 23, 2009 11:06 am

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