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Campus rally in support of Day of Pink

Posted: February 23, 2016 3:30 p.m.

It was a sea of pink as students heard inspiring messages from a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an Olympian.
It was a sea of pink as students heard inspiring messages from a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an Olympian. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography.

The University of Regina campus hosted more than 2,000 elementary and high school students who participated in a rally in support of the Red Cross Day of Pink.

Students from the Regina Public Schools, Catholic School Divisions and from Southern Saskatchewan who were live-streamed, participated in the afternoon event aimed at raising awareness of, and preventing, bullying.

This year, students heard from speakers including Saskatchewan Roughrider and Red Cross bullying prevention ambassador Dan Clark and RBC Olympian Jessica Campbell.

The rally was held in advance of the nationally designated day which is February 24, 2016.

The Red Cross Day of Pink originated in 2007, when two high school students in Nova Scotia spoke out against bullying. Travis Price and David Sheppard asked their peers to wear pink to school after they heard a classmate had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Their act of kindness sparked a worldwide movement.

To continue the momentum, the Canadian Red Cross Day of Pink campaign brings together schools and communities to wear pink shirts and stand together against bullying.

As outlined in the Strategic Plan, peyak aski kikawinaw, hosting events such as the Red Cross Day of Pink demonstrates our commitment to our communities – where the University of Regina is a respectful and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and other members of the public.