Local pastry shop Punk Rock Pastries, which has been featured in our pages before for their Australia wildfire relief fundraising efforts, announced recently on Facebook that the shop is now a sponsor of Stop Bully and the Bikers Against Bullying initiative.
The Stop Bully anti-bullying organization, which started in Alberta, works to empower youth and create awareness in communities, according to their website.
“An amazing friend of mine, Sandy, who is the rep for Stop Bully in B.C., came to me and asked me about sponsorship and it really hit home for me,” Punk Rock Pastries owner Hollie Fraser wrote in an email to the NOW. “I was bullied throughout high school to the point where I wanted to take my own life; I’ve lost friends due to bullying as children and as adults and seen first-hand what bullying can do.”
Stop Bully works with kids who are bullying other kids as well, to find out why they bully, she said.
“At Punk Rock Pastries we are a no-bullying environment and a safe space for anyone,” Fraser added. “We always say we are here to chat if anyone just needs someone to listen.”
Stop Bully can be found at stopbully.com.