Pink Shirt Day

Celebrating Pink Shirt Day 2019

Presbyterian Support service centres around the country get a little bit wild on Pink Shirt Day! It’s a fantastic opportunity to dress up and celebrate our beliefs around what we spend every day working toward–supporting children, young people, older people and families to be safe, strong, and connected. In Christchurch today staff showed off their pink shirt style from top-to-toe over a pink-themed morning tea.

Pink Shirt Day is about people working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships.

For many Family Works front line staff, their important work takes place in schools. Pink Shirt Day, of which Family Works is an official supporter, can be a valuable tool for talking with children about how to stand up to bullying. Pink Shirt Day also raises awareness about the bullying that can take place in workplaces around NZ.

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. The students bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their male classmates to wear the next day. Word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink to stand together against bullying. Now Pink Shirt Day is celebrated around the world.

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.