Students and staff members at Vancouver Career College dressed in pink as part of a growing anti-bullying movement in BC and across the globe. For Pink Shirt Day on February 27th, the campuses in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Kelowna held inspiring classroom activities and raised more than $800 for charity.
Held each year, Pink Shirt Day is focused on spreading kindness and the message that bullying will not be tolerated. The movement started on the East Coast when a group of teenagers stood up for a Grade 9 student who was targeted for wearing pink.
The theme of Pink Shirt Day 2019 is online bullying, which has become increasingly easy in the era of social media. The campaign encourages Internet users to consider the “THINK” acronym before posting online. That means asking if what they are saying is “True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind.”
For Pink Shirt Day at Vancouver Career College, students and staff members—and even a dog—dressed in pink, shared positive messages on social media, and snacked on pink-coloured treats.
The funds raised by Vancouver Career College will be donated to the CKNW Kids’ Fund, which supports programs for youth that promote kindness and empathy. Some of those programs include the KidSafe Project, Kids Help Phone, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Canada. Through Pink Shirt Day, more than $1.8 million has been provided to those and other programs since 2008.
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