With having gone through her own fair share of bullying, Taylor Thring decided she wanted to make a difference and brought about #BurnouttheBully in February 2017.
Since then, it has taken off in a big way with multiple drivers across the province running her stickers, and helping spread awareness about the negative effects of bullying. Furthermore, she’s been able to take a step further and raise money for ROCK – Reach Out Centre for Kids through the sale of her t-shirts and stickers.
“Even in just the two hours that I’ve been here, the amount of people that stopped at my booth just telling me their story and what they’ve been through is really eye-opening,” she spoke at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Program. “You can go through it, but nobody will understand what you’ve been through unless they’ve gone through it as well. There’s a lot that you can go through – whether physical, emotional, or verbal – and it’s just really sad to see how many people actually go through it. Hearing their stories is really eye-opening and makes what I am doing even better.”
The success of the campaign has even caught her off-guard, saying that she never thought it’d grow to where it is at this point right now.
“But it goes to show when you put your mind to something and you’re passionate, you can do whatever you put your heart to,” she said. “If you’re passionate about it, do it.”
That said, it wasn’t easy at the beginning, either, as trying to get everyone’s attention and having a lack of business savvy didn’t help matters. However, finding support in people like driven4communication’s Pete Shepherd and Motorsport Alley’s Jerry Abramowicz allowed her to take it to the next level.
“It’s been a crazy ride, but you just have to think of your end goal and say I want to make a difference,” she said. “Everything that I went through was very traumatic and obviously I still deal with it today. I’ve dealt with a lot of mental health issues after the fact and being able to build up my confidence and in turn make a difference has been rewarding.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the YouTube video below that Thring released at the beginning of this year, telling her story and offering advice. Also, we heavily encourage you to spread the hashtag all over social media, while helping out by simply buying a sticker or a t-shirt.
Together, we can make sure nobody experiences the pain of bullying again.