Youth’s big shout out for positivity

TAKING A STAND: Big Shout organisers Isabella Percy and Bree Cross were among those to make a pledge against bullying by writing down their messages on paper planes. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE

TAKING A STAND: Big Shout organisers Isabella Percy and Bree Cross were among those to make a pledge against bullying by writing down their messages on paper planes. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE

The mood of young people at Saturday’s Big Shout event was all about fun, with no bullying in sight.

The event – put on by Headspace and Albury and Wodonga councils – was about young people saying they were sick of banter crossing the line to become bullying.

Isabella Percy, part of the youth organisaing committee, said she was really happy with the turnout, showing the issue was important to young people.

“It’s really important to have an event which is an event by youth for youth,” she said.

MESSAGE IN MUSIC: Albury band Yello Polo provided live music for the event, getting the crowd up and dancing on Saturday evening.

MESSAGE IN MUSIC: Albury band Yello Polo provided live music for the event, getting the crowd up and dancing on Saturday evening.

Headspace community development worker Bree Cross said the message to whole community was to be upstanding, not just bystanders, when faced with bullying.

She said the event was not about demonising the negative aspects of people’s behaviour, but showing what can happen with positivity.

“We just wanted to gather people together, so we have people signing the pledge,” she said.

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