Teens, firefighters don pink shirts for anti-bullying day

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Firefighters are wearing pink shirts throughout Pink Shirt Day as they collect donations for the anti-bullying initiative. (SUBMITTED)

Firefighters are wearing pink shirts throughout Pink Shirt Day as they collect donations for the anti-bullying initiative. (SUBMITTED)

February 26, 2013 – They won’t be gearing up in pink jackets or spraying down homes with pink hoses, but Vancouver firefighters are still getting in on the Pink Shirt Day action Wednesday.

Crews are wearing pink shirts throughout the day as they collect donations for the anti-bullying initiative, with the money going to the Boys and Girls clubs of South Coast B.C.

“We believe the branding of Vancouver firefighters, in wearing the pink shirts, can really help young people take pause about their behaviour as it relates to bullying and diversity,” fire chief John McKearney told 24 hours.

Meanwhile, volunteers will be hitting the streets of downtown Vancouver from 7 to 9 a.m. to sell buttons. Vancouver city Coun. Tim Stevenson and BC NDP leader Adrian Dix are among those who will be hocking the pink badges to those looking to support the anti-bullying campaign.

The Kindness ROCKS program will present an anti-bullying concert at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, where students will get to share stories about having compassion for others. Friends of bullied teen Amanda Todd, who took her own life last fall following years of torment, will be on hand to speak at the event, with show times of 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

BC Place will also be illuminated in a pink glow in support of the day.