Watch above: students rallied in Saskatoon on Monday in a lead-up to the day of pink
SASKATOON – Red Cross Day of Pink is Wednesday and as a lead up, an anti-bullying student rally was held in Saskatoon Monday with some special guests.
In 2007, two high school students in the Maritimes spoke out against bullying, sparking a worldwide movement.
Pink Shirt Day co-founder Travis Price was one of those two high school students in Nova Scotia who stood up to bullying seven years ago, asking peers to wear pink to school after a classmate had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
“We saw a cause, we wanted to make a difference for this one student, we realized at that moment we were helping a lot of people, a lot of people that were truly affected by this issue and we wanted to make a difference in their lives,” said Price.
“So although it started off as a simple act of kindness for one student it has turned into a global movement to help stop bullying.”
Video games and music helped Price take his mind off being bullied, he shared that and more with about 450 students from both public and catholic school divisions in Saskatoon on Monday.
This rally kicked off Red Cross Day of Pink activities.
“My message is all about seeing what life is like after high school, knowing that the world is bigger and finding these healthy outlets to get you through to survive and hopefully live on with your life,” said Price.
Students also heard from Saskatchewan Roughrider Scott McHenry and Miranda Biletski, an RBC Olympian.
Watch below: International Day of Pink
“I’ve been really lucky, I’ve been around good people, good friends and I haven’t been bullied and it’s just something I think that I don’t like being around, I don’t think anyone does,” said McHenry.
Rallies against bullying will happen around the world Wednesday as it marks International Day of Pink.