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Pink Shirt Day - February 25, 2009

This year’s “Pink Shirt Day” is on Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Over 6 weeks last year, CKNW and the Christy Clark Show undertook what became one of our station’s most successful campaigns to date, Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Stops Here.

We chose pink because that was the colour worn by two students in Nova Scotia who donned pink t-shirts as a way to show solidarity with a boy who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Our call to make a statement against bullying by wearing pink met an overwhelming response in 2008 – from schools, unions, non profit groups, employers and politicians. Our Facebook group garnered support from over 127,000 people in BC and around the world. Premier Campbell and many Mayors issued official orders proclaiming it anti bullying day. And, on February 27th last year, thousands of people wore pink as they made their way to school or the office.

Bullying is a sad reality for too many children and adults in BC and I know schools are working hard to deal with it. But it happens in more than just schools, it happens in workplaces, homes and over the internet too. Creating pink shirt day is our way of helping. We want to support you by raising public awareness about how we can all be part of the solution.

Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Stops Here will happen this year on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009. We hope everyone who was involved last year will join us again. We also hope that the list of participants will continue to grow.

This year, we will again broadcast live from a school that is working hard to deal with bullying. And we hope that on February 25, hundreds of schools and offices will be decked out in pink as their way of making a statement that they won’t tolerate bullying anywhere.

I want to personally invite your school, business or organization to take part in this crucial day by encouraging your students and staff to wear pink on February 25th, 2009. Shirts are available online at by CLICKING HERE or by calling Susan Munroe at (604) 879-6554. Also available online will be ideas on how your school can participate in the activities leading up to February 25th and teaching tools that can be used in the classroom and workplace to promote relationship building.

This anti-bullying campaign will help our charitable partner The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vancouver who have many programs designed to prevent bullying as well as encourage positive behavior.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any comments or questions about this year’s campaign. You can reach us at we look forward to working with you and your school to say “Bullying Stops Here!”

15 Responses to “Pink Shirt Day!”

  1. Lee Mandel says:

    I just found this site today, via a friend who joined your group through Facebook. This is a wonderful site and I am going to forward it to everyone I know. I am a writer, who has written a few middle grade novels (unpublished so far) about bullying. It is my hope that these stories will be published and help to bring awareness that bullying is a very serious problem, not only in schools, but in social situations on both the juvenile and adult level.

    I applaud you for your efforts and I look forward to your success with getting the message out.

  2. sharon says:

    Any sites in french for the french schools? I can’t find anything.

    Thank you

  3. Rhonda Farnsworth` says:

    I work at a local elementary school and I came across this while looking for ideas for our house teams. Is there any way I could get a poster in regards to this day to put up in our school? Also how does a person purchase a t shirt.

    If you can send a poster our address is :

    Windrem Elementary School
    Box 210
    Chetwynd, BC
    V0C 1J0


    Rhonda Farnsworth
    Special Ed Support

  4. Claire Webber says:

    i found think likn on face book because there is a group about this.

    I would also like a poster so i can try and get my school to take part in it as there are many poeple in my school who are big supports of this sort of thing.

    If possible and you send the poster to:

    71 Invicta Road
    ME12 2AJ

    Many Thanks
    Claire Webber

  5. Tim says:

    Hi. My name is Tim. You know, the guy mentioned in your ad?

    I wish you’d take your pink shirt campaign and stuff it in the wash with all your darkest towels. I don’t want bullying to stop unless the attitudes behind it stop — and I know one day in the year won’t do that. So put some energy into something that will make a difference.

    I’ve always been bullied by some people but I’ve learned to put up with it over time. And there have always been those others (one of them became my family) who have always taken me at face value and become good friends. So, on balance, it’s not as though there was bullying everywhere. And it’s always been my family and closest friends I could count on no matter what. For the rest, I’d rather know up front which ones I can’t count on.

    That’s what bullying does. It lets me know explicitly who around me has decided to be my enemy, whom I can’t count on no matter how much I might want to believe that I could. And so, in a way, bullying (in moderation) has been a good thing and I’d rather have this intelligence than not. “Bullying ends here and now” will only send them underground, make them much harder to detect.

    Do me and all the other “Tims” of the world a favour and take the spotlight off of us and onto real problems like gang violence, electoral reform, reasonable taxes that go to health care, disease prevention, free post-secondary education and research and development into the technologies that will make BC the best, richest, safest, smartest, most comfortable place to live (on top of already being the most beautiful) in the world.

    And if you want bigger, more altruistic causes to push instead, try these on for size instead:
    * ending the deployment of landmines and cluster bombs, by anyone (including our so-called allies)
    * removing existing landmines everywhere — the bitter seed that keeps on reaping a deadly harvest
    * ending the use of depleted Uranium armor and armor-piercing ordnance
    * ending the oppression of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in India
    * all religious persecution everywhere (the Falun Gong represent a tiny minority of the persecuted religious groups in China for instance)

    When those are all gone, then come back to me with your pink shirt and we’ll talk. Okay?

    Oh yeah, for what it’s worth. I know you mean well and I appreciate the intentions.

  6. Tim Martens says:

    I like Tim’s comment. I think it was the attitude and intention behind the spontaneous response that the original pink Tshirts had that was the ‘magic’. Wearing the pink will give you something to do to feel good, but it is in everyday life that we can respond to bullying, in a way that is appropiate and meaningful to the situation.

    We all mean well and hopefully we can see the good and the lesson in all our experiences.

  7. Andre says:

    We are having pink shirt day to here at Churton park school down here in Wellington and i do not know who has been builed and no one has gotten spispended at are school but someone in kindy did i think this bad and rated 15 over but it’s touching a bobs i think im not pretty shore but my friend aMRUTH TOLD THAT TO ME!
    I need to tell you something when did this day begun because ive been at Churton Park school for 4, 5 years alredy and know pink shirt day! Of course i know Book fair day which we had in 2006 but know pink shirt day!!!
    Did this start in 2008 yes know mabey tell me now i say now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Davi says:

    How do we know that “Tim” is really the guy who was bullied …sounds like someone just wanting to rant and deflect from the issue

  9. Wendall says:

    Checking facts is good and we all know bullying is for real so let’s keep the truth real and definitely make a statement about “No Bullys”.. change the attitude and change the heart….or theother way around…it Works!!!!!

  10. Alexaundria says:

    I know from experience that bullying is out there and in a way I agree with that one Tim guy, but I have just started to notice that unless people gain confidence to stand up to bullies its going to continue. Like for example one of my friends was being bullied for something she said to someone who doesn’t even go to my school and so people from my school where bullying her for it, and when the bully called her something inappropriate at the Christian school we attend that is when I said enough was an enough and I yelled at the bully, and since then it has died down, so yeah if a whole lot of people wearing a silly pink shirt, just to show that bullying need to stop, is going to get peoples attention then I say bring on the pink.

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