Tsawalk students take part in Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 28. CONTRIBUTED

PHOTOS: Nanaimo marks Pink Shirt Day

Schools and workplaces go pink to take a stand against bullying

Nanaimo went all shades of pink Wednesday as people showed support for Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day is an annual event against bullying that began in 2007 when a student from Nova Scotia was bullied for dressing in pink and his peers took a stand by all wearing the colour.

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People now mark the day by dressing in pink. More than $1.8 million has also been raised through the sale of pink shirts since 2008 and has gone toward organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, Red Cross RespectED Violence Prevention Program and Kids Help Phone, states a press release from CKNW Orphans’ Fund.

This year’s theme was Nice Needs No Filter.

Photos were contributed by the Nanaimo school district, Nanaimo RCMP, Nanaimo Christian School, Tsawalk and Nisaika Kum’tuks Elementary Centre, which were among those that took part in Pink Shirt Day.


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