Pink Shirt Day 2017

Pink Shirt Day 2017

The idea of Pink Shirt Day started when “David Shepherd, Travis Price, and their teenage friends organized a    high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing pink.           Mr. Shepherd and some others headed to a discount store and bought 50 pink shirts. They sent out a message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. "It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders." Mr. Price recalled. This group of young people took a stand against bullying by protesting against the harassment of the new Grade 9 student by wearing and distributing pink shirts in their school.

Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie is proud to support Pink Shirt Day and take a stand against bullying!

Please contact Jessica Nash at 403-948-3331 or jnash@bgcairdrie.com for more details!

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Airdrie Community Comes Together to Take a Powerful Stand Against Bullying

‘You Are Not Alone, Together We Are Strong’ Pink Shit Day T-shirts Available at
London Drugs with Proceeds Supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie

Airdrie, AB January 29, 2016 – Studies have found bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom (www.bullyingcanada.ca). Through awareness campaigns like Pink Shirt Day, the Airdrie community continues to take a powerful stand against bullying.
London Drugs is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie as the official retailer of their locally designed Pink Shirt Day t-shirt. The shirt proclaims ‘You Are Not Alone Together We Are Strong’ and is now available in both adult and youth sizes at London Drugs in Airdrie at a cost of $9.80 plus applicable taxes. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts support the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie.
“Pink Shirt Day is our opportunity to come together and make a statement that we will not tolerate bullying in our community,” Crystal Zeemel Events and Volunteer Coordinator with the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie. “We are grateful to have the continued support of London Drugs in this campaign. The funds raised go to fund programs that teach children and youth the importance of kindness, empathy and compassion."

“Bully affects us all so it is very important we come together to prevent it. We are proud to support Pink Shirt Day and the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie again this year,” said Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager at Airdrie London Drugs.

Pink Shirt Day takes place on February 24th, 2016. Schools and workplaces throughout Airdrie will be hosting Pink Shirt Day events.

Participate in Pink Shirt Day on February 24th by:

1) Purchasing an official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt at London Drugs to show your support.
2) Challenging your friends and co-workers to show off their pink style with a Pink Shirt Day fashion show. Prizes for best dressed!
3) Getting creative with your kids: break out the craft supplies and let them decorate their official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt.
4) Hosting a “Pink Event” (assembly, classroom event, or anti-bullying rally) at your school or place of work. Offer students or employees incentives to wear pink.
5) Hosting a pink potluck with pink food and beverages served during lunch.
6) Showing your support on social media by sharing photos or making an anti-bullying pledge using the hashtag #PinkShirtDay and #PinkShirtDayAirdrie.

Youth and organizations continue to support Pink Shirt Day following the stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students in 2007. The students took action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying. Since then wearing pink shirts has sent a powerful message against bullying.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Boys & Girls Club Contact
Crystal Zeemel
587-229-0722
czeemel@bgcairdrie.com


Angela Joyce
403.681.9286
aj@whiterabbitcommunications.com

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