Youth Commission hosts two rallies for Anti-Bullying Day

Both recreation centres in Abbotsford will be the meeting spots, and participants are encouraged to wear pink.

The Abbotsford Youth Commission (AYC) hosts two rallies on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in support of Anti-Bullying Day.

The events will be held at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.) and Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.), and will leave from the youth centres at 2:30 p.m.

The rallies will proceed around the areas of the rec centres. The public is welcome to join youths, university students and AYC staff who will walk with posters, balloons and lollipops conveying an anti-bullying message.

“Bullying is a serious issue for youth in Abbotsford and, by promoting Anti-Bullying Day, we are providing an opportunity for young people to learn more about what they can do to combat bullying,” said Bev Olfert, AYC executive director.

Most Abbotsford Schools also have Pink Shirt Day events planned. Staff at Clearbrook Elementary are coordinating wardrobes, pink t-shirts with slogans are being made in classrooms at Dr. Roberta Bondar, and an anti-bullying march with banners is planned at Bradner.

People are encouraged to wear pink because it is the official colour of Anti-Bullying Day, which is a national event.