White Ribbon Sign as Bulldogs Major Community Partner
A determination to see all women living in safety, free from violence and abuse has led to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs today becoming the first professional sporting team in Australia to sign White Ribbon as their major community partner.
The Club has committed to assisting White Ribbon in their work to eliminate violence against women with a three year partnership that will see:
- all players taking the White Ribbon Oath in which they swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women
- the Bulldogs becoming a White Ribbon accredited work place & encouraging business partners to follow their lead
- players trained to operate as White Ribbon Ambassadors
- the delivery of the White Ribbon Schools programme to five schools within the Canterbury Bankstown District during every year of the partnership
- promotion of White Ribbon messaging through game day activations
- provision of significant fundraising opportunities for White Ribbon
Every week at least one Australian woman dies as a result of domestic violence and the entire Bulldogs playing squad, staff, Board and supporters will take their first steps towards helping change community behaviours that perpetuate violence when they join the official White Ribbon Day march through Lakemba on Tuesday 25 November.
“If we are going use to our profile to make the community a better place, we need to be passionate about the cause,” said Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle.
“Since joining the Bulldogs it has been very apparent that our playing group and our staff are strongly opposed to violence against women.
“White Ribbon is committed to engaging with men and boys to change behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and through a comprehensive campaign that involves our players and supporters we are determined to help them make a difference.”
Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman says the playing group is united in their desire for all mothers, daughters, wives, partners and friends to be able to live a life free from violence and abuse.
“We want to use our voices to let as many people as possible know that violence against women is not acceptable,” Tolman said.
“We want the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the club or individual players on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, anybody who watches our games on TV or reads about us in the paper to know exactly where we stand on this issue.
“We want blokes to know how to respond if they see or hear of acts of violence against women and we’ll be working in the schools to try and prevent the sort of behaviour that can lead to violence against and women.”
White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies expects the ground breaking partnership with the Bulldogs will impact the local community and clearly indicate to all the Club’s leadership in preventing violence in the Canterbury Bankstown district.
“This is a very strategic partnership for us because we know that the Bulldogs are the heart and soul of a very proud area. When their players talk, people listen and it is important for White Ribbon to have a partner with such a strong influence, particularly over men,” Davies said.
“With rates of domestic violence in Bankstown well above the state average and still growing, we need to inspire significant behavioural change and we’re looking forward to working with the Bulldogs to make this happen.”
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