A month to don pink, stop bullying

Think pink... May is the month of Pink Ribbon Breakfasts.

Think pink.

May is the month for all things pink; Pink Shirt Day and Pink Ribbon Day.

On Friday May 19, New Zealand will become a sea of pink as schools, workplaces and communities join the Pink Shirt Day (PSD) movement.

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against bullying.

We’ve been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009 and the campaign grows stronger and larger every year.

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting connectedness and inclusiveness.

The heart of the kaupapa is building a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, or cultural background.

By being an Upstander you help to stamp out bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusion.

Schools, workplaces and individuals are invited to support the cause, and our team will be out and about with PSD swag and the Fame Frame celebrating local Upstanders.

Order your free resource pack from the PSD website.

Let us know if you are getting among Pink Shirt Day and we will drop in with some goodies. Korero mai, korero atu, mauri tu, mauri ora. Speak up, stand together, stop Bullying! May is the month of Pink Ribbon Breakfasts across the motu.

Eastern Southland is one of our most under-screened areas in New Zealand.

Nine women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand (that’s more than 3500 a year), and around 25 men are diagnosed annually with breast cancer.

Real Men Wear Pink is a Breast Cancer Foundation campaign reminding our tane to get checked. Education is key, as early detection is the best protection!

Our team is planning a Pink Ribbon morning tea, with guest speakers sharing information and lived experiences, kai, goodies and resources; a chance to ‘‘come together for good’’.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details, and Think Pink for May.

– Copy supplied by Connected Eastern Southland and Heartland Services co-ordinator Kelly Young.