Saskatchewan youth stand up to bullying

Topics: Saskatchewan, Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention
May 29, 2013

Saskatchewan youth stand up to bullying

Bullying, which can occur in school, at work and online, can be a source of anxiety for those who are impacted and can negatively affect a person's sense of self-esteem and worth.

The Canadian Red Cross is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering people across Canada to stand up to bullying through violence and abuse prevention programs. 

With assistance from the Red Cross, more communities are looking for ways to raise awareness of the impact that bullying can have and educate people on methods for overcoming this. In Saskatchewan, students at Campbell Collegiate found a creative way to engage fellow youth and take a stand against bullying.

Bouquets for balloons
For more than 25 years, the Canadian Red Cross has strived to reduce violence, abuse and bullying across the country by helping people develop greater knowledge and more positive relationship building skills.

At Campbell Collegiate, which is located in Regina, Saskatchewan, 16 students from a class on entrepreneurship decided to create a business focused on overcoming bullying.

According to Carrissa Holinaty, the teacher of the class, in addition to informing people of the dangers of bullying, the students also decided to raise $2,300 to benefit the Canadian Red Cross' violence and abuse prevention work.

"The donations we received were represented by bouquets of balloons that were released on the final day," said Somiya Tabbasum, a student in the class. "The symbolic message behind releasing the balloons was that we have to let go of all the negative experiences of bullying, and emerge as strong individuals."

Take a stand
The Canadian Red Cross is an organization that is dedicated to responding to the humanitarian needs of people affected by a variety of incidents. When it comes to bullying, the violence and abuse prevention programs offered by the Canadian Red Cross help reduce the occurrence of this and other harmful situations.

If you want to take a stand against bullying today, you should consider showing your support for the Canadian Red Cross. Each contribution enables the Red Cross to address the urgent needs of those impacted by abuse, harassment and bullying.

Please donate online or contact your local Canadian Red Cross office to learn more about how you can make a difference today.