February has been declared Violence Prevention Month by the Newfoundland and Labrador government. Communities across the province come together to spread the word of violence prevention through many events and activities.
In Stephenville, the Bay St. George Coalition to End Violence, a Local Coordinating Committee funded through NL Violence Prevention Initiative issued a community challenge to all businesses, organizations, faith groups, schools and individuals to help promote the message that violence will not be tolerated in our communities. Each were encouraged to decorate their windows, door fronts and themselves in purple and/or pink, colors representing violence prevention.
February 22, 2017 was recognized as Stand Up day or Pink Shirt Day. A day that originated i 2007 when two Grade 12 students from Nova Scotia devised a plan for a group of students to come to school wearing pink shirts after a Grade 9 student was bullied and ridiculed for wearing a shirt of the same color days before.
Since that time Pink Shirt Day has grown to include businesses, organizations and schools across North America. This year Stephenville Lions Club joined the
sea of pink. On Valentine’s Day, during our monthly
meeting, members came wearing pink in support of Violence Prevention. On Monday, Feb. 20, 104 bingo patrons showed for their weekly game of bingo showcasing some item of pink. One senior gentlemen who said he didn’t own any pink, but in show of his support had his granddaughter paint his fingernails pink. Patrons were given a chance to win $25 worth of bingo cards for their efforts. Congratulations to Freda Chaffey.