Pink Shirt Day has arrived

STAND TOGETHER: Nikki Hansen, Shane O’Leary, Trontelle Robson and Toni-Lee Wharewera support the cause in their pink attire at Toi Ohomai Whakatane yesterday. Photo Troy Baker D8487-04

BE prepared to see a lot of pink today.

Today is the annual Pink Shirt Day, an international day about working together to stop bullying.

It’s about creating a community where all people felt safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background.

On Pink Shirt Day, Aotearoa is asked to Korero Mai, Korero Atu, Mauri Tu, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying.

Toi Ohomai Whakatane celebrated Pink Shirt Day yesterday.

With this week being Bullying Free New Zealand week, Toi Ohomai decided to take part in the conversation over two days to allow as many people as possible to join the cause.

Staff and students were encouraged to share messages of aroha on “aroha boards” as well as wear pink T-shirts.

All profits from the $20 T-shirts will be donated to charity.

Toi Ohomai chief executive Leon Fourie said, “Pink Shirt Day brings us together to stand up against bullying”.

“To us, this day is all about embracing our value of whanaungatanga – spreading kindness and aroha throughout our communities.”