Think Pink to stop bul­ly­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Large pink t-shirts are up around town this week ahead on Satur­day’s Starfish So­cial Ser­vices Think Pink event and open day.

Starfish So­cial Ser­vices man­ager Jo McNaughton says the shirts are on dis­play at schools, busi­nesses and homes to pro­mote the event and keep the an­tibul­ly­ing mes­sage in peo­ple’s minds.

‘‘We want to get peo­ple talk­ing about fam­ily safety, bul­ly­ing and raise aware­ness of this is­sue in our com­mu­nity. It’s not just a young per­sons is­sue, it’s in the work­place, homes, schools and on the street.’’

Think Pink event and open day will be held at Starfish So­cial Ser­vices at 58 Rawhiti Ave on Satur­day from 12-4pm, with in­for­ma­tion stalls from var­i­ous fam­ily safety and anti-vi­o­lence or­gan­i­sa­tions on their land next door at 60 Rawhiti Ave.

The Starfish build­ing will be lit up in pink, with var­i­ous health pro­mot­ers, ‘It’s not okay’ Cham­pi­ons and Fam­ily Safety Net­work rep­re­sen­ta­tives avail­able to talk to about fam­ily safety, as well as ac­tiv­i­ties and food avail­able. Any­one with ques­tions about fam­ily safety or Starfish So­cial Ser­vices are wel­come.

The ‘Think Pink’ anti bul­ly­ing cam­paign was started after a boy wear­ing a pink shirt be­came the tar­get of bul­ly­ing. In protest of the bul­ly­ing, friends dis­trib­uted pink shirts to the boys in the school.

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