The Abbotsford Youth Commission is holding a Pink Shirt Day event called Different Shoes/New Views today (Wednesday) at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.).
The event runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and is designed "to increase empathy through games and fun activities," according to organizers.
Different Shoes/New Views is planned and hosted by the Youth Leadership Team from the Abbotsford Youth Commission.
The drop-in event is free and open to all ages. Visit abbyyouth.com for more information.
The annual Pink Shirt Day takes place to bring awareness to the issue of bullying.
It has its roots in events that occurred in a Nova Scotia high school in 2007, when a student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
In response, two of his peers organized students to take a stand against bullying. They purchased pink shirts and distributed them to classmates to wear as an act of solidarity with the bullied student.
Since 2008, schools across the country have followed suit with their own campaign.