Parksville anti-bullying group seeks people with heart

Works of HeART plans to create ‘human heart’ in Community Park Feb. 25

Parksville-area residents who have a heart are invited to be a heart when the Works of HeART Project holds it inaugural community event Sunday, Feb. 25, at Parksville’s Community Park.

The event, scheduled for 1 p.m., is held in support of the Pink Shirt anti-bullying campaign. People of all ages, and from all walks of life, are invited to wear pink and stand together in solidarity for the victims of bullying, by joining in forming a huge ‘human heart’ on the sports field in Community Park, located on Corfield Street North.

“We want to convey a strong message that our community cares about victims of bullying, that they are not alone and that we want to see positive change,” said Micki Findlay, project founder. “Our hope is that our demonstration will set a precedent and inspire other communities to follow suit.”

This event will be photographed, videotaped and featured in a film the group will be creating to inspire more ‘Works of HeART’ in the world, Findlay added.

The Oceanside Safety Volunteers have agreed to help with directing traffic and crowd control, and there will be a police presence there as well.

“We have taken steps to ensure that this will be a safe, fun and family-friendly event.” Findlay said.

Works of HeART hopes to see representation from as many cultures, races, ages, genders, religious affiliations, community organizations and businesses as possible.

“I believe that now, more than ever, it is time to show the world that we are all connected as human beings, in one way or another. It is the time to build bridges, not walls.”

Works of HeART Project is a Vancouver Island-based, creative, humanitarian initiative whose goal is to challenge bullying and racism, while promoting kindness and inclusion, both locally and globally. They are calling on everyone, everywhere, to make a difference in their own communities by utilizing their creative talents to inspire positive social behaviour.

To find out more about the Works of HeART Project and the free human heart event on Feb. 25, visit the project’s Facebook page at facebook.com/worksofheartproject.

— Submitted by Works of HeART

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