Day of Pink student rally draws large crowd

Lisa Goudy
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About 400 students wearing pink gathered for a student rally at YaraCentre for Day of Pink on April 9, 2014.

Four hundred students wearing pink sat in YaraCentre on Wednesday morning.

The international Day of Pink student rally took place Wednesday morning. It featured speakers Travis Price, co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, and Miranda Biletski, Royal Bank of Canada Olympian.

"Never let anyone tell you that you can't do anything," said Biletski.

Price said Day of Pink started in 2007 in Nova Scotia when he and his friend David Shepherd decided to stand up for a student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

"It's up to you guys to make a difference," said Price. "Each and every one of you has the same power to do what I did."

Price added starting in Grade 1, he too was bullied. He ended up transferring schools because he got "beat up really badly."

"I thought I might always be the target," he said, adding at his new school someone named Ashley came up and talked to him. "I was so shocked. I wasn't invisible."

For the full story on Price's and Biletski's presentations, see the story Taking a stand against bullying or for the full story of the student rally, see the story Wearing pink to change lives.

Organizations: Royal Bank of Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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