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This October - Cut the "Bull" out of "Bullying"

AD- Greg and Justin

This October, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington (BBBSHB) are taking a no bull approach to bullying.

With a common goal of spreading anti-bullying messages and creating awareness of the benefits of mentoring, we hope to have an ‘in your face’ stance against bullying throughout the month. As the month wraps up, we are teaming up with the Hamilton Bulldogs for a BBBSHB awareness game on Sunday October 28th (for more details, please see below).

In recent years, bullying has become more and more of a pertinent issue. While bullying is not a new concept, it has taken on many new forms – it not only occurs face-to-face, but also in cyber worlds, via texting and on social mediums; Bullying is more aggressive than ever, and tragically has led to suicide. Bullying needs to end. Period.

Many people are unaware that there is a strong correlation between mentoring and reducing bullying. Mentoring helps reduce bullying by addressing root causes rather than just treating symptoms with a Band Aid solution.

Doing what we do best – mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters are making short-term impacts against bullying that will make long-term differences. Ideally, our Agency hopes to recruit 31 mentors within the 31 days of October. We currently have a severe need for male volunteers. Of the162 children who are on a waitlist for a Mentor, 120 are male.

Some of the more immediate gratifications of mentored youth are increased positive attitudes, less aggressive behavior and more confidence.

During the month of October, please help us spread the word by being active about your stance on volunteering and anti-bullying: Share your opinion about volunteering and anti-bullying on social mediums, share anti-bullying messages, encourage your friends and family to volunteer, educate your children, relatives and Littles about bullying.

Join BBBSHB on Sunday October 28 at 5 p.m. for the Hamilton Bulldogs vs Abbotsford Heat. Guests of BBBSHB will receive a discounted rate of $17, and a portion of your ticket purchase will come back to our Agency. To order your tickets today, please call 905.546.8175

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