BY BILL PHILLIPS
If you don’t have a pink shirt to wear tomorrow to show your support for anti-bullying, don’t despair, there are still some available.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Prince George is offering pink shirts with the anti-bullying message “kindness is universal” for just 10 bucks. You can get one at their office at 777 Kinsmen Place or at any Save-On Foods store in the city. You might want to buy one though as proceeds go to help Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ mentoring program.
And, getting involved in Pink Shirt Day was an easy choice for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Prince George.
“Because we work with children and youth in so many different aspects, we feel that it’s very important that we recognize anti-bullying day,” said Darby Brand of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. “Through providing mentors we’re raising people to be aware that bullying can be a real issue and how not to be a bully.”
Pink Shirt Day is, of course, an international movement raising awareness about bullying and how to prevent bullying.
Wear pink and show your support.
“Show that you don’t recognize bullying as an appropriate way to behave and that you want to spread kindness,” she said. “Kindness is universal. It doesn’t matter what your experiences are, where you’re from, or what language you speak, if you are being the best version of yourself and you are being kind to others, then you are doing something good.”
She said hundreds, if not thousands, of people around town will be wearing pink on Wednesday in support of anti-bullying and the sight of everyone in pink is very special.
“It’s amazing to see the pink shirts and the pink socks and wristbands and toques, especially all year round because it’s nice to see that people are recognizing bullying, not just on Wednesday in February, but every day of the year.”
And businesses are getting involved in a big way. Exit PG is donating 50 per cent of the proceeds of any Exit Room experience on February 28, Carl’s Jr. is donating $1 for every pink milkshake sold, and Rock Mountain Chocolate has created some pink candied apples and 100 per cent of those proceeds go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
The Brink Group of Companies is also getting involved.
“It’s an important day,” said owner John Brink. “We encourage everyone in the community to all wear pink. We need everyone in the city to be wearing pink.”
He has encouraged his staff to wear pink as well.
“Anti-bullying applies to all areas of life,” he said. “We want to draw attention to it. We don’t tolerate bullying of any sort.”
Brooklyn Ward is the human resources manager for the Brink Group of Companies and is very supportive of the campaign.
“We need to put a stop to bullying or at least aid in the prevention of bullying,” she said. “Bullying is definitely something we don’t tolerate in the workplace. If we raise awareness, especially at a young age, and get it going in the school systems and programs, that’s obviously going to carry on into people’s lives and carry on into the workplace. We don’t tolerate it and I don’t think it should be tolerated anywhere.”
Remember to wear pink tomorrow and show your support for anti-bullying measures everywhere.