GOLD Coast Titans players, coaches, staff and their friends and families will enjoy ‘a night in’ at the movies on Friday night in support of the White Ribbon initiative which campaigns against violence-against-women in Australia.
iSelect Titans coach John Cartwright is one of about 2000 White Ribbon ambassadors throughout Australia, from sporting and entertainment figures to politicians and prominent community members. It is also an NRL One Community supported initiative.
He will host an evening at the cinema where a group of about 140 Titans NRL and under-20s players, staff and their guests, will donate to the charity and watch Hercules, featuring the popular player idol, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
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Then on Saturday the players will be involved in a crucial home match against the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium at 5.30pm where hopefully, some herculean on-field efforts will follow.
The shocking statistics when it comes to domestic violence is that, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner in Australia and one in four young Australians are exposed to domestic violence.
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led, campaign to end men’s violence against women. Its objective is to change attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging and enabling boys and men to lead social change.
The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, fostering and encouraging male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men aren’t violent.
White Ribbon night sees communities across Australia unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to getting the word out.
White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said she believes Cartwright is a good role model for boys and men, supporting them to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of men who use or condone violence against women.
“Good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while those they love are at risk of harm,” Ms Davies said. “The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women.
“It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are good men who abhor such violence. John exemplifies this critical role in the campaign.”
To donate to White Ribbon go to www.whiteribbon.org.au.