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Thanks to The Flower Factory!

The Flower FactoryThe Flower Factory, located on Main St, has been an avid supporter of anti bullying programs for many years. This year, they will once again be graciously donating all the floral centerpieces for the 3rd annual Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon, an event put on by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund to kick-off Pink Shirt  Anti-Bullying Day.

We can’t wait to see these beautiful pieces blossom at the heart and centre of each table at the Blue Water Café on Friday, February 21st.  A huge thank you to The Flower Factory for their enormous contribution to the event. Stay tuned for photos!

Need to show your gratitude, thank someone special, or simply make someone smile? Check out The Flower Factory for their award winning array of beautiful flowers & décor.

The Flower Factory

Drop by: 3604 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5V 3N5
Phone: 604.871.1008
Email: info@flowerfactory.ca

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Top 5 Pink Shirt Day Fundraisers

psd-donation-buttonShow your support for Pink Shirt Day! Many fantastic companies have offered their support to the Pink Shirt Day campaign by holding creative promotions throughout the month of February. Never has eating a cupcake or buying glasses been so philanthropic, and never has it been SO easy to show your support for anti-bullying programs in BC. Here’s a list of awesome Pink Shirt Day fundraisers happening in a city near you – check them out!

 

 

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1) Take Five Café: From now until February 26th, Take Five Café will have pink cupcakes in all their locations. Part proceeds from sales of these delicious cupcakes will be donated to Pink Shirt Day!

 

 

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2) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: From now until February 26th, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will have their amazing pink apples in stores. Part proceeds from sales of these tasty apples go to the Pink Shirt Day campaign!

 

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3) Cartems Donuterie: In the weeks leading up to Pink Shirt Day, Cartems Donuterie will be selling delicious pink donuts (pink lemonade flavoured!). Part proceeds from sales of these delicious donuts are to be donated to Pink Shirt Day.

 

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4) Metropolis at Metrotown: From now until Pink Shirt Day, Metropolis at Metrotown is holding a Facebook contest, and will donate $1 for each contest entry received to the Pink Shirt Day campaign! Check it out here.

 

 

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5) Clearly Contacts: On Wednesday, February 26th, Clearly Contacts will donate $5 from the sale of each pair of glasses purchased on Pink Shirt Day.

 

 

 

Thanks for supporting our 7th annual #pinkshirtday!

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Pink Cupcakes now available at Take Five Café!

Take 5 CupcakesFor the fifth consecutive year, Take Five Café is pleased to support Pink Shirt Day through the sale of their delicious pink cupcakes!

For the entire month of February, the official pink cupcakes will be on sale at all Take Five Café locations with proceeds donated to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of Pink Shirt Day and anti-bullying programs across British Columbia. Enjoy a decadent chocolate cupcake with classic pink cream cheese frosting, made fresh daily at their East Vancouver central kitchen.

So if you need a sweet treat or your office is catering lunch, add a pink cupcake! Don’t forget they deliver as well. Contact their Catering Department to arrange deliveries or order online starting February 1st.

We’re also pleased to report the entire Take 5 Café team will be wearing official #pinkshirtday t-shirts on February 26th 2014! Huge thanks to Take 5 Café for their ongoing support! Bon appetite.

Be sure to tag your pink cupcake photos with #pinkshirtday!

Twitter: @TakeFiveCafe

Instagram: @TakeFiveCafe

Photo credit to Miss 604

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 2

 

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 5.40.47 PMThanks to all who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of others. 

Joanne, Age 43

“Pink Shirt Day is a day that I will always promote, and I am so glad that over the last few years bullying has been brought to light so that we can do something about it. I am 43 years old but have next to nothing for happy memories from school. My memories consist of being taunted and teased, called every name in the book because I was overweight…I wasn’t like everyone else. I had no groups to hang out with, no boyfriends that I could be proud of to hold hands with, It was just me. I would walk the halls at school to get to my next class, or go to the bathroom only to be called names again or hear ” did you feel that earthquake?” as I walked by the bullies hearing their laughter behind me. My bullying went on all through elementary school, to junior high and even to senior high. Even my own neighbourhood wasn’t safe from the name-calling. At school it was mainly the same 2 guys, but when those guys were in their groups it got worse.

So what do I remember from my school years? Crying…a lot. Lunch hours, recess, were spent mostly hiding in empty classrooms or corners of the library where no one could find me to hurt me. Years later, one of those guys found me and messaged me through Facebook and apologized. He said he knew what they did all those years was wrong and that he was sorry. Just knowing that he acknowledged what they did to me all those years, surprised me. I was grateful for the apology but even though I can forgive him for what they did, those memories, those scars will remain with me the rest of my life. Bullying has to stop, I don’t want to see kids growing up into adults with the same memories of school that I do. Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings, like they don’t feel hurt like everybody else…let’s end bullying once and for all.”

Anonymous

“When I was a kid my only friends were boys, I wasn’t the typical little girl who liked to play doll or things like that. Many laughed at me because of it, saying I wasn’t a “real girl” that I had to be a boy, that my parents were wrong about my identity. But I had friends who liked me so I didn’t pay attention what they were saying about me. All that changed when I was 10. I don’t really know what happened, but even boys didn’t want to be near me. I spent the whole year alone. They weren’t really laughing at me, they were just avoiding me, staying away from me. It wasn’t a good year for me, I also have had to face personal problems, I did it on my own.

We all changed school the next year and I found some new friends but somehow people found something else about me. They were always asking me questions like “Why don’t you have a dad?”, “Did he left because you did something?”, “What did you do to him?”,” He didn’t love you enough to stay”, “You didn’t love him so he left”, “You made him leave and now you’re sad because you don’t have a dad like us”. It wasn’t just painful. At that time I thought it was true. I didn’t deal with it or run to a teacher, I did like always, just kept things inside and ignore everyone.

Thankfully it all stopped when I entered in high school, I suppose people were mature enough to understand me a bit or to realize they were wrong. I still had a few people laughing at me but I also had great friends who defended me, they were good to me.

I regret one thing though, maybe if I had talked about it earlier I wouldn’t have had to face bullies for so long. Maybe if I hadn’t been so ashamed, maybe if I had talked someone would have done something and the bullies would have stopped and I would have been the last one, I know I wasn’t the only one but I guess they were too afraid to talk. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, we can’t fix everything by ourselves.”

To submit your own personal bullying story, click here. 

 

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  • What a day! Looking back on all the energy, enthusiasm, cheers, high-fives, hugs, donations, tweets, posts and tags we saw today is just amazing. Thanks to everyone across Canada who helped us create a conversation about ending bullying in our schools, workplaces and online. The funds we raise this year will go a long way in supporting our anti-bullying programs so please know - you make a difference! #thankyou #grateful #pinkshirtday #canada #goodnight
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