Pupils pink about their peers
Promoting positive values is what Pink Shirt Day is all about, organisers say.
Central Otago anti-bullying group Sticks ’n Stones facilitated the wearing of pink and activities associated with the anti-bullying message in eight schools across region on Friday.
Co-founder Karla Sanders said they had enabled advocate groups at St Gerard’s, Alexandra, Clyde, Dunstan, Hawea, Mt Aspiring, Cromwell and Roxburgh schools to run activities associated with the day.
‘‘It’s about really promoting the values of compassion, acceptance and diversity and using those as every-day values,’’ she said. ‘‘To be able to be somewhere where every person is able to be themselves without harassment, hate or bullying.’’
Hundreds of children across the region were exposed to the message and plenty of businesses got on board too, Sanders said.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying and mobilised their whole school after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected and was the final day of the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group’s Bullying-Free NZ Week.
Alexandra Primary pupils form the shape of a T-shirt for Pink Shirt Day.