NRL supports White Ribbon Cause
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg joined many of the NRL's staff, along with numerous NRL Clubs and Touch Football Australia in walking for White Ribbon today, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Hundreds of people turned out in Coogee this morning, including members of the NRL fraternity, to support the common goal to end domestic violence.
The organised walk one of many that took place around Australia, with NRL General Manager of Community Ellen Beale saying the NRL was committed to standing up, speaking out and taking action against domestic violence of any kind.
"This is a topic that affects far too many Australians, far too often – men, women and children – and it must stop," Ms Beale said.
"As a game, we have a big voice and an even greater responsibility to ensure that our players, coaches, staff and volunteers at all levels of the game are positive role models and help to end domestic violence once and for all."
Along with participating in the walk today, NRL ambassadors including former Raiders star Alan Tongue and current Harvey Norman Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims travelled to Papua New Guinea and Fiji this week to sign agreements in both countries for rugby league to play a greater role in helping educate young men and women in particular on domestic violence.
The NRL's Pacific teams will work within both countries and throughout other parts of the Pacific to help create a stronger a united voice to end domestic violence, with Pacific classrooms and communities participating in the NRL's 'Voice Against Violence' education program over the coming years.
The Voice Against Violence program aims to empower young men and women to have respectful relationships, to take account for their actions and ultimately, be responsible and supportive amongst their communities in doing the right thing and standing up for the right cause and in this case, to prevent domestic violence before it starts.