Roughrider sells Let's Imagine No Bullying

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March 1, 2016 9:40 AM

Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Luc Mullinder spoke to a crowd at the Vic Juba Theatre on Thursday night about solutions to bullying and how adults can set a proper example to youth.

Being someone’s hero and reaching out to stand up for others was the message former Saskatchewan Roughrider Luc Mullinder wanted to put out to audience members at Thursday’s Let’s Imagine No Bullying event.
The presentation was held at the Vic Juba Theatre, aimed at youth and adults alike, and also had speakers Const. Grant Kirzinger and Lorelee Marin talk about ways to prevent bullying.
“We’re telling your kids to be someone’s hero and you can help your kids along that path, and if for some unfortunate reason your kid becomes involved in a situation like that, then you can actively turn around and, like myself, cut it off before it really starts getting bad,” Mullinder said before the event.
He said his daughter was subjected to a bit of bullying in the past, but he knew of some resources and was able to defuse the situation before it got too bad.
Not every parent knows what avenues to take when their child is bullied, though, and that was one of the main points of the night’s event.
“This program and what we talk about now is some direction and the importance of that education,” he said.
Let’s Imagine No Bullying was the first time that Mullinder and Red Cross, one of the groups that helped put on the event, have gotten together to speak to adults about the problems and solutions to bullying.
Throughout the week presentations also took place at the University of Regina and University of Saskatoon among others.
But the anti bullying sentiment didn’t start and stop with the Roughriders as anti bullying day took place across Canada on Feb. 24 and saw schools and businesses bringing awareness to the cause.
“Whether it was offices doing pink fundraisers or decking their offices out in pink, to schools doing walks and stuff like that, it was just really nice to see these (people)... reach out to one another,” said Mullinder.
For his part Mullinder started doing presentations in 2009, doing talks at various schools, and he said as his football career progressed he got more involved with Red Cross until he retired from sports.
He mentioned the responsibility “heroes” have when they go to schools and talk to kids, because once the fanfare is over, the speaker has to leave the audience with a message that carries some substance.
“You have a responsibility, you can’t just sign up and sign autographs,” he said.
“I think that’s the best thing, these kids hear a guy like Nick Demsky talk and all of a sudden he’s talking about a situation that those kid are seeing or those kids are in.”
Mullinder said he doesn’t talk as much at schools anymore, joking that kids want to see the younger players on the active roster, but he still plays a role with Red Cross helping the direct the program.

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