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by George Clark

South Canterbury school pupils are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing in the fight against bullying.

Youth United Against Bullying will hold its second annual march and rally on Friday, May 22 Day – Pink Shirt Day – as part of Bullying-Free New Zealand Week.

Event organiser Tamara Hogg said she had learned much from the 2019 event and had “decided to take it up a notch”.

“We have just sent out a full information pack to all South Canterbury schools inviting them to stand with us against bullying.

“For them to really get involved, we will be running three competitions in the lead up to the event as well as making our YUAB youth teams available to come and speak at both high school and primary school assemblies,” she said.

Creativity had a role to play.

“There will be a speech competition and a spoken word [poetry] competition for both primary and high schools, as well as a Movie Max Digital-sponsored anti-bullying short video competition for the high schools.”

Winners of the top speech categories and spoken word categories would be invited by YUAB to perform their items live at the YUAB Rally and March event at the Caroline Bay SoundShell.

Finalists in the short video competition would have their entries screened at a Movie Max Digital evening on May 11 at 6pm.

“The schools now have all the information they need, all we need is the entries and kids to ask their school about it.”

YUAB founder Anthony Moffatt said he was excited to hear what South Canterbury pupils had to say.

“Our theme for this year is “Be the Change”, which encourages every single person to be an ‘upstander’ rather than a ‘bystander’ and that what a single person does has the power to make a difference,” he said.

“Our motto is: it’s about our youth, with our youth, for our youth, youth supporting youth.

“We would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and help with the pre-event and event planning.”