Upper Hunter Shire Council hosting Pink Shirt Day this month to send anti-bullying message

STAND UP: Members of the Upper Hunter Youth Council, William Officer, Yorke McInerney, Hallie Croucher, and Upper Hunter Shire’s Lead Youth Worker Vanessa Whitten are bringing awareness of bullying within schools and workplaces this month.
STAND UP: Members of the Upper Hunter Youth Council, William Officer, Yorke McInerney, Hallie Croucher, and Upper Hunter Shire’s Lead Youth Worker Vanessa Whitten are bringing awareness of bullying within schools and workplaces this month.

UPPER Hunter Shire Council is hoping to send a strong message against bullying when they host their annual Pink Shirt Day this month.

They are encouraging schools and local businesses to support this great cause by wearing pink on Friday, March 15.

“If you are unable to wear a pink shirt due to uniform requirements, why not add a touch of pink to your outfit, whether it be a wrist band, hat, socks, or a ribbon in your hair," Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Youth Services Supervisor Mary Spora said.

The event was created as a result of the actions of two incredible high school students from the United States in 2007.

“When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, the two students decided to take a stand. They bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for the boy who was being bullied for wearing pink,” Ms Spora said.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor, Wayne Bedggood said he is pleased the Upper Hunter Youth Council is raising awareness of bullying.

“I don’t think some people understand how damaging bullying can be for a person’s mental health, whether the bullying occurs at school, in the workplace, online or in person," he said.

“I for one didn’t realise approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students report being bullied every few weeks, or more often during the last term of school. That means 27 per cent of students in those school years may not be enjoying their school life, that number is too high."