PINK - The Collection. Wear Pink. Spread Kindness. Change Lives. TURNIP TEEZ
The Idea - Create the perfect pink t-shirt for pink t-shirt day, but not just limited to t-shirt day.
Pink the Collection - The 3 shades of pink available in PINK

I was inspired by Pink Shirt Day. I wanted to take part.

Not only could I relate, first hand, to being harassed in grade school for my colour choices.

I continue to encounter the same behaviour, in different situations, yet now I was dealing with adults who felt empowered to be bullies because no one had ever challenged them.

Up until now.

WHAT IS PINK SHIRT DAY?

On the last Wednesday in February we celebrate #PINKSHIRTDAY; which commemorates the special day in 2007 when 2 high school students in Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to raise awareness and put a stop to the bullying of one of their classmates that wanted to simply wear the colour “pink” to school one day.

Those 2 classmates organized a “PINK SHIRT DAY”.

Everyone wore PINK to show the bullies that there are a lot more PINK shirts than there are bullies.

Um Dude. It just says PINK on it!

Taking from my own experiences when looking back, I wanted flexibility. A t-shirt that could be applicable for any specific event, cause or charity.

I wanted to focus on the true energy and spirit behind why the colour was picked. What does the colour represent? Take all that and put that energy into the colour itself, for us all to draw from.

You find the “name” of the colour where one would typically wear a sticky name badge at a fundraiser, or while volunteering.

I chose that spot for many reasons, foremost being that the idea is to come together and celebrate the collective effort of making a better future. Not our own individual contribution.

Shocked to learn that there are also; blue, red, yellow, green, orange and purple shirts in the PINK collection?

How PINK Gives Back

PINK invests in the COMMUNITY

100% off the profits from this t-shirt get put to good use.

Firstly, you are helping me keep this project going. Being classified as disabled and losing my career, living on my fixed and reduced income I don’t have a log of wiggle room for extra projects, but this is a project that is too important for me to not do it. Thank you for your help.

There are 2 other projects that are very close to me that will benefit from the proceeds of The PINK Collection; The 519 Community Centre in Toronto, Canada as well as Liam’s Project in San Francisco.

The 519 Community Centre

The “519” as we call it is very important to me because it was very important to my very close friend Paul Kivisto; who lost his life to suicide in April of 2015.

Paul was very active in and around Toronto and part of a couple organizations that used The 519 Community Centre for activities.

A portion of all PINK t-shirt profits will be donated in his name to The 519 Community Centre.

We wear GREEN by PINK because Mental Health Matters.

Pauli Kivisto and Chlöe

Liam’s Project – this is not an official organization or program, but a really remarkable person in my life that has become as close to me as one can get without it being creepy!

Liam also is no stranger to struggle, pain and suffering.

While Liam fights his own struggles with terminal cancer and Parkinson’s disease, works full time as the Chief Nurse (LRN) in a very busy Emergency Department (currently on leave due to the decline in his health), he takes time on his days off, money out of his own pocket to buy; underwear, socks, sleeping bags, toiletries, tote bags, medical supplies, gift cards for food.

Liam then heads out to offer care and distribute what he has, to those that society has discarded.

A portion of all The PINK Collection profits will be donated to this project. If you would like to reach out to Liam; feel free to send a message via our Contact page.

TRIVIA BIT:

Liam is Riley’s Doggo Dad. Riley was my recent inspiration for the WOOF Series of t-shirts – and recently (March 2022) Riley achieved status as a SUPPORT DOGGO – and she now accompanies Liam on his chemotherapy treatment visits and gives some love and support to the other patients receiving their treatments.

Liam and turnip
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