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Roughriders partner to tackle bullying in Saskatchewan

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SaskTel, the Red Cross and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have partnered to present Imagine No Bullying School Tours with school presentations featuring Chris Getzlaf, Scott McHenry and Neal Hughes, as well as former Saskatchewan Roughriders Luc Mullinder and Keith Shologan.

"SaskTel understands that the products and services we sell, when utilized inappropriately, can perpetuate the act of bullying and in particular cyber bullying and through our 'I am Stronger' initiative we are encouraging people to take a stand," said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "As a socially responsible organization we are extremely pleased to join forces with the Red Cross and the Riders to make a difference and provide a call to action to stop bullying and cyberbullying in our communities."

"The Canadian Red Cross is committed to ending bullying, not only in schools, but in online spaces and in other areas where children and youth connect," said Valerie Pearson, Red Cross manager of Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention in Saskatchewan. "This partnership is timely to continue building momentum from the recent Red Cross Day of Pink and it will go a long way to raise awareness of this issue and encourage schools, businesses and communities to speak out against bullying."

"The Canadian Red Cross has instilled the trust of the Saskatchewan Roughriders to help deliver their violence and abuse prevention (RespectED) program to schools across Saskatchewan," said Jim Hopson, Saskatchewan Roughriders President. "Our players are trained to deliver bullying prevention education and they are passionate about delivering a strong and empowering message to youth in the hopes that they become involved and engaged in changing bullying behavior throughout their communities."

For more information about the Imagine No Bullying School Tours, contact the Red Cross at 306-721-1608.


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