Pink Shirt Day Kindness Is Free

by Christina Rowsell

Vanessa McWilliams wears a hoodie with a simple message that says, "Kindness is free." Sounds like a simple message doesn't it? So why is it so hard to come by?

Pink Shirt Day in Canada was started by two young boys in Nova Scotia. David Shepard and Travis Price were standing up for a fellow ninth grader who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt at school. In return they went out and bought 50 pink shirts and handed them out to stand beside him.

So I guess we can either stand by and do nothing... or we can stand up and make a difference. Just like Shepard and Price, Vanessa McWilliams has an agenda to spread the words, "Kindness is FREE." Her story is one that tugs at your heart strings. At the age of nine McWilliams was diagnosed with alopecia. It's an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles causing hair loss. And, as you can imagine, for a nine year old girl it's a tough road to travel. Today McWilliams is an inspirational speaker who shares her spiral down a dark path of self hatred, often sparked by the bullies who taunted her for something that was out of her control. The message McWilliams shares is how she picked herself up in finally finding her happy. Although her purpose shifted drastically when her oldest son was also diagnosed with alopecia. So now she needs to show her son and those around her that what happens in life doesn't define you.

I had the chance to talk to Vanessa McWilliams on Pink Shirt Day to spread the message that, "Kindness is free." You can watch the interview here https://youtu.be/xHOjzRjl5GM.

Be kind out there - be kind to yourself and be kind to others.

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

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Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick