Pink Shirt Day, an anti Bullying Campaign

22 Mar

I was always picked on growing up, it wasn’t until high school that kids accepted me and the tormenting stopped… Pink Shirt Day is a wonderful anti-bullying campaign please read below to learn of how/why it started.  I’d really love for you all to consider participating in whatever capacity you are able.  Designers by making something for our customers to wear and for customers men and women alike to please wear pink this day and let other people know about this cause.

Pink Shirt Day started in a Nova Scotia high school, where a 9th grade boy was being bullied over wearing a pink polo shirt to school.  A couple of grade 12 boys decided to take a stand against the bullying and wear pink in sympathy for the boy who had been so mercilessly prodded at.  They went to a local discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, and distributed them amongst the other boys in their high school.  They stood up for their fellow classmate and against the bullies, and made a real difference in someone’s life.

In a place like Second Life, Cyber Bullying runs rampant.  In a virtual world where it is so easy to be anonymous and hide behind your pixels, many people find it the perfect environment to attack and belittle others.  Unfortunately, this can lead to real life emotional distress, even to those who “disconnect” their Second Life and first life.

It is time that we all take a stand against bullying in all its forms.  Why, in a community so small, should there be so much vitrol and mudslinging, when, if we band together, we become stronger?

This year, Pink Shirt Day falls on Wednesday, April 14th, and we are asking that bloggers and creators alike, who share a passion for peace and a hatred for bullying, stand up and make a difference!

>> Creators – A new or special item need not be created (though if you would like to, that would be AMAZING!), but we would like you to set out at least one pink item, either at a discount, or not (entirely at your discretion) to promote Pink Shirt Day.  I will send a special Pink Shirt Day information notecard to you to be packaged with the item(s) to spread awareness.  These items should be placed out a few days before April 14th, to allow customers the time to be prepared for this special day!

>> Bloggers – I will pass you a list of creators participating in Pink Shirt Day Awareness, so that you can pick up items for the promotion.  However, if you prefer to wear pink clothing already in your inventory, please feel free.  All that is asked of you is that you blog about Pink Shirt Day or bullying in general.  Feel free to share your personal stories and experiences, or to make it a more broad and less personal sharing of information.  I will also pass you a notecard with informative websites and other information in regards to Pink Shirt Day.

Please IM December Dollinger, to let me know if you are interested in being a part of this project.  I am starting a couple months in advance to give everyone a lot of time to get ready, but will also send reminders to all involved as the date approaches.

Thank you for taking the time to read this notecard and consider being a part of Second Life’s Pink Shirt Day.  If you have any questions, please IM me anytime, or send me a notecard (all offlines come to my e-mail, so I usually don’t miss any, but if I don’t respond for a day or more, please try again!)

-December Dollinger

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