Rugby league gets behind White Ribbon Day
The NRL, NRL clubs and entire rugby league community have thrown their support behind November 25's White Ribbon Day campaign with a host of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of and preventing violence against women.
The NRL actively promotes and supports White Ribbon Day as part of its proud partnership with White Ribbon Australia and reiterates its stance that violence against women and children is never acceptable.
NRL staff and members of the executive team, along with Touch Football Australia players and CEO, will take part in Sydney's White Ribbon Walk, and both groups will have active social media campaigns to promote the day and associated activities.
The walk will start from High Cross Park near the Prince of Wales Hospital at 7:30am and will finish at Grant Reserve, Coogee Beach.
Guests from the NRL's female mentoring program, Women in League sub-committee and the WIL Board and Executive group will be involved in the walk.
NRL ambassadors including Joe Galuvao, Shaun Timmins, Brett Kimmorley and Alan Tongue will give talks at various high schools and White Ribbon functions around Sydney while other ambassadors including Mario Fenech, Josh Perry, Anthony Minichiello, Anthony Quinn, Dean Widders, Matt Cooper and Luke Ricketson will take part in the walk.
NRL clubs will also play a big role.
The entire Canterbury Bulldogs organisation, including first grade players, will take park in the Lakemba White Ribbon Walk and the Bulldog Belmore café will sell white ribbons and promote the campaign on big screens. The club is also promoting videos of players taking the Oath.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe, Chairwoman Marina Go and other staff will participate in a White Ribbon walk in Liverpool while a video to be placed on the club's website will use messages in posters provided by the NRL to raise awareness for White Ribbon.
Sea Eagles players Tom Symonds, Brenton Lawrence, Luke Burgess and Steve Matai have attended events over the past week including one function hosted by Rosie Batty and a White Ribbon event at local public school Elanora Heights.
The Titans will also run a social media campaign with players reciting the Oath and will hold a joint event with AFL club the Gold Coast Suns at Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday November 28.
St George-Illawarra Dragons have a White Ribbon Day workshop planned with Woonona High School on Monday, December 9 and will be joining with Ulladulla High School to film a commercial to be shown on the WIN network.
The White Ribbon Day initiatives are part of a wider whole-of-game approach to tackling domestic violence.
These include a range of grassroots education campaigns such as the 'Voice Against Violence' campaign in which 1,500 junior clubs and 100 high risk communities took part. There were 35 clubs and 2,000 senior players involved in a 'Tackling Violence' campaign and 100 schools with 2,000 junior reps involved in the 'Better Choices' campaign.
Further to this, all Elite High Schools players participated in an 'Addressing Violence in our Community' campaign; all NYC players took part in a 'Respectful Relationships' campaign; 2,500 rep players aged 15-18 as well as 400 officials participated in a 'Better Choices' campaign while 5,000 players and officials were part of the 'NRL Aware' campaign.
At the senior NRL level, all players and officials take part in Ethical Leadership, NRL Aware and other leadership campaigns every year.