Manitoban's giant anti-bullying blanket heads to Parliament Hill
Krystal Kayne's pink blanket, with 7,000 signatures on it, is big enough to cover a school bus
A hand-made pink blanket that covers a school bus and carries a big message against bullying is travelling from Brandon, Man., all the way to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The patchwork blanket is about 10 metres by 13 metres in size and weighs 15 kilograms. It took more than 70 hours and 3,650 metres of thread for Krystal Kayne to stitch together.
Kayne, the vice-president of Brandon University's anti-bullying society, said she made the giant blanket after her son was mercilessly bullied two years ago, when he was 12 years old.
"The bigger the better, they say, so we thought … we can cover a bus and let children know that either on a bus or in the community, that everyone's there," she told CBC News on Monday.
The blanket features about 7,000 signatures from people expressing support for Kayne's son and opposing bullying.
Kayne and her son, Jaren, have been invited by federal politicians to bring the blanket to Ottawa where it's being signed at a local school before it goes on display at the parliamentary cafeteria on Tuesday — that is, once staff figure out how to put up something that large.
Jaren, who has Asberger's syndrome, has gained strength from the blanket and the campaign to raise awareness against bullying, his mother said.
"With the blanket he's seen how people are coming together and that we weren't alone, so he started to get involved and wanted to get more involved to get signatures and just help spread awareness," she said.
The quilt made an appearance at the Manitoba Legislature in February as part of Pink Shirt Day.