May 2012

In Collaboration With
Centre for Compassionate Communication NZ

Transforming Our World
With Compassion & Empathy

One Heart At A Time ♥


This year, the theme for Pink Shirt Day is the power we all have to prevent bullying. Everyone has the power to ask for help, the power to change behavior and the power to intervene. What you do makes a difference, so take action: wear a pink shirt on May 18th and start a conversation.

Pink Shirt Day is a national campaign aimed to raise awareness about the power to prevent bullying. Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting the development of positive social relationships. An annual event celebrated throughout New Zealand and the world, Pink Shirt Day aims to create a New Zealand where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

The event began in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2007, when a group of students stood up to defend a kid who was bullied because he was wearing a pink shirt. The students took a stand by all wearing pink shirts to show solidary, and handing out pink shirts to their classmates.

Hayley Holt’s dancing skills may be an asset to her now but back at school they caused her a few issues. The Crowd Goes Wild presenter and Dancing With the Stars performer has spoken out about her experiences with bullying in a bid to get people to make a stand against it. She features in a video made by organisers of the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day campaign speaking about being a victim at Auckland Normal Intermediate School in Epsom. “I was bullied … by a couple of older girls who had just decided that I was the one they wanted to pick on. “You try to pretend that it doesn’t affect you but of course deep down it’s quite hurtful,” she says in the video. 


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