Anti-bullying concert planned
With the start of a new school year just around the corner, an anti-bullying concert is being planned to celebrate those who have overcome bullying and to reach out to those affected by it.
“It’s an important issue to me,” said Dexter Fichuk, head of the Fort Frances Mob(ilizers) group at Fort High.
The concert is set to take place next Tuesday (Aug. 28) at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, and will be filmed for MUCH and CTV in a segment highlighting Fichuk and his activism.
It will feature local talent, including Larissa Desrosiers, Trevor Barker, and others who have overcome bullying at some point in their lives, as well as some speeches about anti-bullying.
“I want to show the strength of people,” Fichuk stressed.
“Bullying is something we can solve,” he noted. “It is free to fix, but we have to want to fix it.”
The free concert will be open to everyone in the community, although it will be focused on students and their families.
“It’s going to be a really great event so I hope everyone comes out,” he enthused.
Fichuk previously has participated in the “Day of Pink”—the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, and Transphobia in schools and communities.
He also has taken part in the Natural Helpers program—a network of students in the high school that help other students with their social problems.
The Mob(ilizers) group focuses on the “Me to We” philosophy, and is associated with the “Free the Children” organization. But Fichuk noted it also is taking a stance on anti-bullying because the idea is to “make a difference.”
The organization’s website states it also aims “to empower a movement of children helping children, and youth helping youth.”
And that’s exactly what Fichuk wants to do with the anti-bullying concert—to help students in the district know they can overcome bullying and make schools a better place to work, play, and learn.
Watch for more details about the concert in the coming days or contact Fichuk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.