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CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Join the Tasman Rugby Union staff Pink Shirt Day movement This Weekend!

The TRU staff are asking the rugby community to join the movement on Friday, 18 May 2018 to stop bullying and spread kindness. 

We're asking the Tasman Rugby Community to Speak Up and Stand Together to Stop Bullying by celebrating Pink Shirt Day!  Anyone in the rugby community can celebrate Pink Shirt Day this Friday 18 May or wear a pink shirt to a match this Saturday. 

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Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.

We’ve been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009 and the campaign grows stronger and larger every year. In 2018 the NZ Rugby will to the fore.

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation.

What does Speak up. Stand together. Stop bullying mean?

Speak up
Giving voice to a problem is the first step towards addressing it. Having conversations with your friends, family, whānau, children, parents, teachers, students and wider communities is a great way to come up with ideas and strategies to address bullying. Speaking up is also about asking for help when you need it. This can be scary, and sometimes the first person you ask can’t or won’t do anything to help you. Keep asking. Pink Shirt Day shows there are many people who care about supporting you.

Stand together
Bullying behaviour is influenced by the actions and values of friends, families and whānau, schools, workplaces and whole communities. Real change happens when we stand together, sending a strong message that there is no place for bullying in New Zealand. Bullying often makes people feel alone, but Pink Shirt Day shows that many people care. Many people want to play their part in making New Zealand a safe, welcoming and respectful place for everyone, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.

Stop bullying
On Pink Shirt Day, look out on the sea of pink and know that together we can stop bullying.
In Tasman, Pink Shirt Day aims to create the sporting field and rugby communities as a place where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

“Being a part of a national movement towards positive change is such a powerful feeling. That we are all working towards making young people feel good about who they are, right across New Zealand.”

On Pink Shirt Day we ask the Tasman Rugby Community to join us and Speak up and Stand together to Stop Bullying.

Finally, this weekend's senior rugby features for you all to enjoy are ...

NPD Tasman Trophy - 3pm
Waimea Old Boys v Marist – Jubilee Park; Nelson v Stoke – Neale Park; Renwick v East Coast – Renwick Domain; Waitohi v Moutere – Endeavour Park.

Tasman Senior Women - 1.15pm
Waimea OB v Marist – Jubilee Park; Motueka High School v Wanderers - MHS; Moutere v Awatere – Awarua Park.

Motorworld Marlborough Div 2 - 1.15pm
College Old Boys v Renwick – MBC; Harlequins v Waitohi – Lansdowne Park.

The Car Company Nelson Bays Div 2 - 1.15pm
Waimea OB v Marist – Jubilee Park; Wanderers v Nelson - Brightwater Domain; Huia New World v Takaka – Sports Park Motueka; Riwaka v Huia Birdhurst – Riwaka; Valley Stags v Collingwood – Upper Moutere.

UC Championship – 12 noon
Waimea Combined v St Andrew’s – Waimea College; St Bede’s v Nelson College – St Bede’s.

Tony Lewis