Swim pink on Pink Shirt Day

KAMLOOPS - The Warner Rentals Leisure Pool at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will be dyed pink on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in support of Pink Shirt Day, a national anti-bullying initiative to raise awareness about the issues of bullying.

Pink dye will be added to the leisure pool at 11 a.m. The non-toxic pigment only cost the city $20 and it will not dye hair or swimwear. The dye is added through the filtration system and will take a day to filter out.

Recreation staff will be wearing pink t-shirts and buttons. For the public swim starting at 6:30 p.m., the first 150 children and youth will receive a ‘Stop Bullying’ silicone bracelet.

The original Pink Shirt Day event was organized by Price and David Shepherd who, in 2007, bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after male ninth grade student Charles McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

For more information on Pink Shirt Day, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca.

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