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Posted by Diversityworks on 15 May 2012, 12:05 pm in ,

Think pink to address bullying

Pink Shirt Day is coming up! On May 18th, Diversityworks Trust will join together with the Mental Health Foundation and other partner organisations to celebrate our national day of awareness and action around preventing bullying and promoting positive relationships. We are hoping you will spread the word and get people involved this friday. I know you have a big reach and this is a worthy cause. We'd love for you to tell your network and promote Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting the development of positive social relationships. An annual event celebrated throughout New Zealand and the world, Pink Shirt Day aims to create a New Zealand where all people feel safe, valued and respected. While Pink Shirt Day is celebrated on only one day per year, we all recognize that the work needed to prevent bulling must continue throughout the year to make a real difference. Pink Shirt Day is about starting conversations and taking action.

The event began in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2007, when a group of students stood up to defend a classmate who was bullied because he was wearing a pink shirt. The students took a stand by all wearing pink shirts to show solidarity. We’ve been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009.

We want to encourage everyone to wear a Pink Shirt on May 18th, 2012 as a commitment to working to prevent bullying, celebrating diversity and creating an Aotearoa where everyone feels included.

We have resources and information on our website. There are posters and toolkits available for downloading, and information for how to get further involved.

Like us on Facebook.

We also have a video PSA about this year’s event, here.

Many thanks for your support.