Grey Cup festival puts focus on anti bullying

Published On November 20, 2012 | By HN Staff | News
Text by Shaleni McBain
Photos by Matt Creed

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A bullying prevention day at Yonge-Dundas Square concluded the largest “Bullying Prevention Rally” in Toronto Tuesday as part of a city awareness week and part of the 100th Grey Cup festival.

Led by the Toronto Argonauts, it was a day of anti-bullying campaigns mixed with family fun and music.

Numerous schools in the GTA brought students to teach them about the importance of tolerance.

Diana Kallinis, a teacher at Willowpark public school in Scarborough, brought her class to enjoy the festivities.

“As a class, we talk about not bullying and making the right choices and resolving conflicts peacefully and standing up for one another,” Kallinis told Humber News.

“We thought it would be really cool to be part of a larger group and be part of a bigger community and standing up collectively, not just in our own class.”

Students were given “passports” that listed the numerous organizations who had booths set up at the event.

Students went to each of the booths and got their passports stamped, and at the end when the passport is full, there is a question on the back that students could fill out and submit to get a free gift.

Kid Safe Productions, Future Aces, the White Ribbon Campaign and the Canadian Red Cross were just a few of the organizations represented at the event.

Jeff Perera, program manager of the White Ribbon Campaign, was at the event talking about ending violence against women and girls.

“We’re looking at re-defining ideas of manhood and also getting men to become allies and role models,” said Perera.

“That’s where it starts it’s those rules and ideas of what each gender should do and should not do. Than you use words as weapons and that becomes physical violence.”

Elee Stalker, a volunteer at Kid Safe Productions was there providing solutions to kids dealing with bullying.

“We figure out ways that kids can be safe without having to deal with bullying,” Stalker told Humber News.

“We suggest a few way that they can overcome bullying.”

Kids-pop band Marlowe & the MiX were at the event playing positive, uplifting music that portrayed messages of positive self-image and togetherness.

To hear some of the songs of Marlowe & the MiX listen below:

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