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PHOTOS: Tri-Cities tickled pink in standing up against bullying

Pink Shirt Day saw many residents, officials and organizations don the colour on Feb. 23 as part of the annual awareness day.

Lifting each other up.

That was the goal behind this year's Pink Shirt Day in the Tri-Cities as many residents and organizations slipped on their best clothing of the colour as a symbol of support against bullying in the region.

On Wednesday (Feb. 23), the national initiative spread awareness and raised funds for local youth programs.

This is the 15th anniversary of Pink Shirt Day.

According to the campaign, one in five children are affected by some form of bullying.

"Today our diversity is becoming more visible than ever as people continue to embrace their cultures, identities, and true selves in more open and direct ways; making the need to 'Lift Each Other Up' and have greater acceptance, respect, and inclusion for everyone so important," a statement on the Pink Shirt Day website explains.

Residents, elected officials and others across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody took part by either wearing pink, buying a pink item related to the cause or made a commitment to stand up against bullying online.

Here are some of those supporters from yesterday:

School District 43 (SD43)

City of Port Coquitlam

Coquitlam RCMP

Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Rick Glumac

Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association

City of Coquitlam

Port Moody Fire Rescue

Tri-Cities Female Ice Hockey Association

Share Family and Community Services

Coquitlam Express