Pink Shirt Day 2021 will take place on Wednesday February 24th.
Pink Shirt Day is also known as Anti-Bullying Day.
Wearing pink on Wednesday is an act of kindness. By wearing pink, you are sending a message to everyone around you that you do not support bullying in any of its horrendous and insipid forms. Bullying = Harming. Harming = Hurting. And so on it goes.
The intention of Pink Shirt Day is to demonstrate meaningful action through wearing pink, engaging in important conversations, and in 2021, it’s all about social media. Ideas and support expressing the hashtag #BullyingHurts, #PinkShirtDay, #kindnessmatters @pinkshirtday, @abusehurtca, @getsnapd, @abusehurtscom will be lighting up the virtual highway starting tonight.
For 2021, Pink Shirt Day, will focus on “working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.”
How can we make the world a better place? By spreading kindness. #BullyingHurts – Pink Shirt day is on Wednesday Feb 24. Lets paint the town Pink. @abusehurtca @getsnapd @abusehurtscom https://t.co/CgA2oKCwUQ
— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) February 22, 2021
Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings ~ And the best part – It was started by young people.The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after male ninth grade student Chuck McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school. In Nova Scotia, then Premier Rodney MacDonald proclaimed the second Thursday of September “Stand Up Against Bullying Day” in recognition of these events.
Every year, an “Army of Pink” takes over schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods across the province. Over $2.3 million has been raised through Pink Shirt Day merchandise sales and donations. The programmes funded are ones that support children’s healthy self-esteem and focus on teaching empathy, compassion, and kindness.
In 2020 alone, Pink Shirt Day donations have funded programs that impacted over 59,000 children and youth, including, Kids Help Phone, KidSafe Project, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention programmes and many more.