Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Over the month of February, CKNW aims to raise awareness of these issues through various initiatives centered around our
“Pink Shirt Day” campaign.
Today children, parents, and businesses all over Calgary took part in this initiative.
As an overweight adult, having lived through the ridicule of being a fat child, I know the pain associated with bullying. In fact, I am still healing the deep wounds it has caused me. Although, now as a spiritual teacher, I understand the lesson, it doesn't negate my humaneness and the hurt that I have carried with me for my whole life.
I have come to recognize my wounded little girl and all the feelings of inadequacy. I have felt unworthy my whole life because I didn't fit into the box- figuratively and physically. I so wanted to be liked by everyone that I just put up with all the name calling. I gave my power away. I kept quiet.
But all is not lost. Through a walk with cancer I woke up! I learned that self-love is one of the keys to wellness!!! I am loving myself madly, passionately and with courage and empathy for myself. I am being kind to myself. I have the best teachers and I am so grateful to God for sending them my way. And I have the angels and the Goddesses that are helping me. I love being kind. Teach your kids.
Whether it's making someone smile, resisting the urge to say something hurtful, intervening when you see bullying in action, or practicing empathy every day of the year, there's still time left today to speak up and let the world know how you're standing up against bullying. Make a #pinkshirtpromise using the hashtag and $1 will go to bullying prevention programs courtesy of Shaw and Coast Capital Savings! Or, you can donate directly here:pinkshirtday.ca/donate-2/
This is the article from the website www.pinkshirtday.ca
On February 22, 2017 we encourage everyone to practice kindness, and wear a CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt, button, or pin to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. While we wish we could take credit for this idea, Pink Shirt Day has its roots in Nova Scotia, started by two incredible high school students.
Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article that inspired CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day:
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”
Will you join in by wearing pink on February 22, 2017? Have you made an effort to practice kindness and acceptance towards both yourself and others? Do you have a story about being bullied, how you stopped a bully or about how bullying has affected a loved one? Share your experiences here by leaving a comment, or share your story on our Facebook page.
If you’re a student, print off this web page and give to your Principal / Headmaster / etc. so that your school can get involved. Also, drop us an email to let us know who you are, which school you attend, and what you will be doing to show your support for Pink Shirt Day! Use the #PinkShirtDay hashtag in your Instagram and Facebook posts, as well as tweets!Click here to learn how you, your school, business, or organization can begin a fundraising campaign. Also, join our Facebook Page by clicking HERE. Join in the conversation and show your support towards kindness, and against bullying!
Net proceeds from the official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts, pins and buttons, as well as all donations, go to anti-bullying initiatives that directly help youth in need. Find out more about where donations go by clicking here.
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