Sea of pink puts fo­cus on bul­lies

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pink may not usu­ally be thought of as a pow­er­ful colour, but the an­nual Pink Shirt Day cel­e­bra­tions are prov­ing oth­er­wise.

The event be­gan in Canada six years ago when a group of stu­dents stood up for a kid who was be­ing bul­lied for wear­ing a pink shirt.

The idea went global and ev­ery year on May 17 peo­ple around the world don their rosiest hues to make a stand against bul­ly­ing.

In New Zealand the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion is one of a group ad­vo­cat­ing for the sar­to­rial sol­i­dar­ity.

‘‘Pink Shirt Day isn’t about de­mon­is­ing bul­lies.

‘‘It’s about bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, build­ing re­la­tion­ships and start­ing con­versa- tions,’’ foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Judi Cle­ments says.

Schools, work­places and com­mu­ni­ties will cel­e­brate Pink Shirt Day next Fri­day with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing hav­ing a mufti-day, hold­ing a shared break­fast and invit­ing speak­ers to talk about ef­fec­tive ways to ad­dress bul­ly­ing.

Pink Shirt Day re­sources are avail­able for peo­ple who want to or­gan­ise cel­e­bra­tions for their school, work­place or com­mu­nity.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­bournews.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video about Pink Shirt Day 2013.

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