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Mayor, advocate raise flag for international anti-bullying day

May 4 is recognized in 25 countries as an anti-bullying day
Trevor Henson, a Collingwood resident and advocate, helps raise the anti-bullying flag to mark International Day of Pink.

Local anti-bullying advocate Trevor Henson, hoisted a pink flag at the Collingwood Public Library for the second time this year with help from Mayor Brian Saunderson. 

May 4 is United Nations anti-bullying day, an occasion recognized by 25 countries in the world.

Its origins go back to 2007 when two Canadians who purchased 50 pink shirts to wear to school after a fellow student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. 

In Canada, anti-bullying day is celebrated in February. However, in 2012, the United Nations declared May 4 an international anti-bullying day. 

Henson and Saunderson raised the pink flag at the library in February and today to mark both occasions. 

For more about Pink Shirt Days, click here.