Stand Strong the message for anti-bullying month

Ben Righetti / February 27, 2020

Wednesday, February 26th was Pink Shirt Day in Canada, a day internationally recognized to bring awareness to the severity of bullying.

In the lead up to Pink Shirt Day, the BC Super Kings Sports Club hosted the STAND STRONG event in Delta.

Designed to raise kids awareness about the effects of bullying and the local support networks, CEO of the club Ganesan Chandrasekaran says parents also benefited from the event too.

“It was designed for kids and to spread awareness, but it’s really for everyone. Everyone can help out someone who is being bullied, because it happens at all ages. ” – Ganesan Chandrasekaran, CEO of BC Super Kings Sports Club

Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 in Nova Scotia when David Shepard and Travis Price wore pink to  school to support a younger student who was being bullied for wearing the same colour.

Close to 500 000 shirts have been sold in support of the campaign, generating nearly $2.5 million for anti-bullying organizations.

Attendees at the STAND STRONG event were treated to a number of guest speakers, skits, and demonstrations to try and engage the younger audience, helping them learn.

Roy Campbell, youth worker and councillor at Seaquam Secondary School, spoke at the event in Delta. He believes that something as simple as communication and connection can really help out people feeling affected.

It’s about that human connection. Elementary school kids, they want that connection with somebody. High school kids, they want that connection. Even gang members, they want a connection with somebody