Not that we should need a special day for spreading kindness to but we have one and it’s that time of year again! Unfortunately, we’ve all had an experience with bullying. Either we’ve been bullied, been a bully or know someone who has been bullied. Bullying doesn’t go away until every one of us lead by example and start being kind to everyone we meet. Join me by spreading acts of kindness in support of the 2020 Pink Shirt Day anti-bullying campaign.
This year Metropolis at Metrotown will be working with Burnaby-based elementary and community schools to promote anti-bullying by performing random acts of kindness in support of Pink Shirt Day! I had the honor of joining them in spreading kindness last year along with Eschelle from Mumfection, Tara from British Columbia Mom, Jamie from Styling The Inside and James from Social Dad. What an eye-opening experience it was and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it again this year.
How do you get involved in Pink Shirt Day?
It’s truly simple, this February 26th, Metropolis at Metrotown is encouraging everyone to wear a pink shirt to support this anti-bullying movement and to perform a random act of kindness. Starting at 10am, students from local Burnaby schools will be taking over carrying out random acts of kindness to treat unsuspecting shoppers to something a little special. These random acts of kindness don’t have to be extravagant, it can be something as simple as wishing someone a good day. These students along with myself and a few others will be educating shoppers in the mall about Pink Shirt Day!
In addition, a special surprise performance by the students will take place in Grand Court at 11:15 am and if it’s anything like last year’s performance, you don’t want to miss this! The kids worked so hard at their messages and it truly was uplifting to see all the thought they put into spreading kindness!
Metropolis at Metrotown once again is working with the CKNW Orphans’ Fund to promote the end to cyberbullying and encourage everyone online and in-person to spread kindness. From February 15-27, customers are encouraged to post their pledges on how they can #METMakeNice on the Metropolis at Metrotown Instagram page. For every pledge made, Metropolis at Metrotown will donate $1 to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund (up to $1000). By tagging a friend as well, customers have the chance to be entered to win a $500 shopping spree and a $500 gift card to be donated to their favourite local charity.
It’s so important to talk about this every day. We’ve all been there or know someone who has and it’s just not necessary. One of the things that shocked me last year while doing random acts of kindness throughout Metropolis was how skeptical some people would be. “What did we want?” “How much will it cost me” “Is this a joke?” and then seeing and feeling their reaction when they knew there was no catch was life-changing!
I left the mall that day with a new perspective on life; a new way of looking at my daily interactions. Kindness is just so easy and so effortless or at least it should be. I think when we take these moments each day to offer a smile, a kind gesture and to simply put others ahead of ourselves, we create these beautiful moments and life changing interactions. These are the moments that will impact our children, they see us and learn that there is no room here for bullying. We do nothing good by being mean to someone else!
So won’t you come join me on February 26th at Metropolis at Metrotown where I will be spreading kindness for Pink Shirt Day?
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