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Stephen Amell: Sinceriously About Bullying

Sinceriously. The newest word to add to your vocabulary.

Stephen Amell, who some of you may know as the star of hit TV show, Arrow, has actually crafted his own word “Sinceriously” to promote his latest charity fundraising campaign. He is campaigning for a campaign called ‘Stand for The Silent’ along with another campaign called ‘Paws and Stripes.‘ The first is an anti bullying campaign that aims to get people talking and to give a voice to the silent victims of bullying worldwide. The second charity “Paws and Stripes” aims to provide service or aid dogs to war veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.

Stephen Amell decided to get Sinceriously printed on T-Shirts, each t-shirt sold rasises money for these important causes. According to the T-Shirt and Amell himeself: Sinceriously can be defined as 

1. The ability to speak freely, openly and honestly about anything; if you’re going to say something, say it sinceriously.

2. To initiate any action while spreading as much good karma as possible.

ex: When I say this I say it sinceriously.

I’m going to sinceriously raise as much money for charity as possible.

“It’s a campaign to get people talking,” says Amell. “And what better way to get people talking than by creating a new word.”

The Website features all sorts of anti bullying help material aiming to aid silent victims of bullying and also serves as a way to constantly remember the stories and faces of bullying victims who couldn’t cope with being bullied or didn’t find the necessary anti bullying help.

The story of Stand for the Silent is quite inspiring. It was started in 2010 by a group of students from the Oklahoma State University after the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. Ty, 11 years old, killed himself following his suspension from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying and abusing him for over two years.

Kirk and Laura created Stand for the Silent to serve as a platform to allow them to share their story and offer education and awareness to help prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to over a thousand schools and spoken with more than 1,000,000 children.  They also met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.

Stephen Amell is among quite a few celebrity activists against bullying. Ben Cohen started a anti-bullying charity called ‘Stand Up Foundation.’ He quit his rugby career to become a full time gay rights activist.

Incredibly, there are a lot more celebrities out there who are taking a stand against bullying. We’ve wrote about a few of them including Taylor Swift and these celebrities involved in the Bystander Revolution.

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