Solidarity communicated in pink
Pink may not traditionally 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 of campaign partners responsible for urging the sartorial solidarity.
‘‘Pink Shirt Day isn’t about demonising bullies. It’s about bringing people together, building relationships and starting conversations,’’ foundation chief executive Judi Clements says.
Schools, workplaces and communities nationwide 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.
The Pink Shirt Day has resources for people who want to organise celebrations for their school, workplace or community.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video about Pink Shirt Day 2013.