The B in bingo does not stand for bullying

Finding a new way to support Pink Shirt Day in Nakusp

Pink Shirt Day was created by two high school boys from Nova Scotia in 2007. A fellow student was being bullied because hewore a pink shirt on the first day of school. In response, the two bought and handed out 50 pink shirts as a show of solidaritywith the boy.

As a lead up to the annual event, Kootenay Savings Credit Union (KCSU) showed its support for Pink Shirt Day as it hosted a pinkshirt bingo at the Legion on Feb. 21.

“We wanted to support the anti-bullying program, so we bought shirts and decided we wanted to raise some funds for theprogram at the high school, so we decided to do bingo,” said Patsy Brinker of KCSU. “The Legion has drop-in bingo all the time,different groups can request to use it as a fundraiser, and that’s how we started.”

Those managing the event wore pink shirts in support of the evening.

There was a raffle table with prizes that included a portable coffee mug and coffee, a cake decorated in with pink sprinkles and aportable phone charger.

Food was available as well. Sandwiches, caramel corn, cookies, water, coffee, tea, and more were sold.

All proceeds raised from the event go to anti-bullying programs at Nakusp Secondary School.

The Legion was packed as people came in to play, with at least one person at every table.

Some in attendance were seasoned bingo players, while others had never played the game before.

“It’s been really fun,” said Aubin Coulthard. “I’ve never played bingo before, so it’s a learning experience for me.”

Coulthard has children in the school system, and thinks the night is a good way to bring awareness about bullying.

“They’ve had a little bit, nothing major. I think every child has been affected by bullying in one way or another over the years.”

Pink Shirt Day takes place on Feb. 24.


Just Posted

Company granted leave to appeal Lemon Creek charges

Executive Flight Centre won a decision in the BC Court of Appeal

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Nakusp students get CPR, defibrillator training

Advanced Coronary Training program visits high school

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Trail firefighters quash a string of suspicious brush fires

Seven brush fires started Friday night; Trail police investigating

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

B.C. sends 267 firefighters to help battle Alberta wildfires

Out of control fires have forced evacuations in the province

Calgary Police looking for missing man who may be heading to B.C.

A man last seen on May 15 in Calgary may be heading to the Kootenay region, according to police

LETTER: Fletcher ‘blurs reality’ on B.C. union public construction

Bridge, highway projects awarded to companies, not unions

Most Read