Red Cross Pink Day is Wednesday with many activities happening throughout Saskatchewan as the fight to stop bullying continues.
One of the bigger events in Regina was at Thom Collegiate where several speakers including former Rider Scott McHenry spoke about the initiative and how today’s youth need to stand up and speak out against bullying.
McHenry says he has seen a difference since he started doing this.
“In the six years I’ve been involved with Pink day, I’ve kind of talked to the kids about it, where it almost started as education, it started as a conversation,” McHenry says. “Now it’s about doing something; it’s about what are we actually going to do.”
Another one of the speakers in attendance was current Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Clark.
Clark says being able to deliver an anti-bullying message as a member of the Riders is something he embraces with the hope being those he speaks to also embrace it because of who he is.
“It’s a chance to be able to effect not only students at this school, Thom Collegiate where I went to high School, but it’s a chance to effect students all across the province,” Clark says. “When we go out to the community, we have such a big platform as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, when we go to the school we draw the kids attention.”
Cindy Fuchs with the Saskatchewan Red Cross says bullying is one of the biggest issues facing our kids and because of social media, it is one of the most difficult things to address.
She says those wearing pink today are showing support for those who are going through a difficult situation.
Madison Holtkamp is a Grade 12 student at Thom and helped organize today’s event.
She says bullying is something which must be eliminated because of the tragic consequences that can occur.
“Bullying happens with every student, I have experienced bullying myself,” Holtkamp says. “It’s a problem going on that we need to stop because it’s caused many suicides in life and it’s put a lot of students in hard places.”
The Red Cross says Pink Day is an important reminder that every child should be treated with respect and dignity.