Cardinal McKeefry School joined in with many other schools and organisations across New Zealand in celebrating Bully Free Week NZ through Pink Shirt Day.
The origin of Pink Shirt Day is explained here: https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/about/
On Pink Shirt Day we ask New Zealanders to Speak up and Stand together to Stop bullying.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. David and Travis bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their male classmates to wear the next day. The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together 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 led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.