Red Cross Day of Pink launched in Saskatchewan

Topics: Saskatchewan, Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention
December 10, 2014

REGINA – Today more than 100 students and teachers joined Travis Price (co-founder of Pink Shirt Day and a We Day Speaker) and Luc Mullinder (Saskatchewan Roughrider alumni, football analyst, and Canadian Red Cross bullying prevention presenter) to launch the fifth annual Red Cross Day of Pink in Saskatchewan.
 
The launch occurred at the first ever two-day bullying prevention symposium where over 90 students in Grades 7 to 9 were trained to become Red Cross Youth Facilitators.
 
“These students will now provide bullying prevention presentations to their peers and younger youth in their own communities,” said Red Cross RespectED Provincial Manager Valerie Pearson. “And they will join 40,000 people across the province in wearing pink and standing up to bullying during this year’s Red Cross Day of Pink on April 1, 2015.”
 
Presented by SaskEnergy, Red Cross Day of Pink aims to raise awareness about bullying issues and what people can do to create safe and respectful environments. Nearly 40,000 students and businesses across the province will wear official pink t-shirts, hats, bracelets and stickers to celebrate the day. Hundreds of schools across the province will be holding assemblies, rallies and parades that help promote respect and celebrate Red Cross Day of Pink initiatives.
 
“SaskEnergy is thrilled to partner with the Canadian Red Cross to energize the youth of Saskatchewan to paint the province pink,” said Trish Watier, Acting Manager, Advertising & Community Relations for SaskEnergy. “On April 1, 2015, the Red Cross and SaskEnergy will join their voice with thousands of people across the province in sending a strong message that Saskatchewan no longer accepts bullying on the playground, at work or at home.”
 
Official Red Cross Day of Pink merchandise is now on sale at redcross.ca/PinkSK. The purchase of one $15 shirt will help the Red Cross reach one student with bullying prevention education. All proceeds go directly to Red Cross bullying prevention education in Saskatchewan.
 
“Every year, the movement to put an end to bullying is growing,” said Mullinder. “More and more schools and organizations are joining the effort to create safe and respectful communities. Our goal is to reach every student in Saskatchewan with bullying prevention messages within five years.”
 
Proceeds from the Red Cross Campaign for Kids Raffle also go directly to funding Red Cross bullying prevention education in Saskatchewan. Tickets are on sale now for as low as $20 at redcross.ca/campaignforkids.
 
The Canadian Red Cross is Canada’s leader in bullying prevention education. Its RespectED: Violence, Bullying & Abuse Prevention team provides award-winning violence, bullying, and abuse prevention programming that educates children, youth and adults on how to stop and get help for violence.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Red Cross Media Line
306-721-1636
christopher.clemett@redcross.ca
@RedCrossSK
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