Former Rugby League greats and Ambassadors Mario Fenech and Rhys Wesser took part in today’s Sydney White Ribbon Walk from Randwick to Coogee Beach.
The former Rabbitohs walked from High Cross Park, Randwick, to Coogee Surf Life Saving Club to take participate in a public White Ribbon Oath ceremony.
“Women in our community deserve our respect and have the right to feel safe,” Fenech said.
“These are our wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, mothers and cousins, violence affects everyone and we need to put an end to it. If we can encourage even one man to think about his actions then as a group we have succeeded.
"Everyone should get involved this White Ribbon Day (November 25) by ‘Swearing the Oath’ — at www.whiteribbon.org.au/heymate — and making a commitment to be a role model in their community so together we can put a stop to violence against women. Violence against women is not on.”
The NRL has been a supporting charity partner of the White Ribbon Foundation since 2004 and has been involved in many initiatives including this year’s
ground-breaking prevention initiative, the White Ribbon Accreditation Pilot Project.
The 16-month Australian Government-funded program’s objective is to recognise and accredit workplaces that are taking active and effective steps in encouraging men to lead the fight against violence affecting women.
Additional Rugby League activities for White Ribbon Day include:
- A large 'White Ribbon' was placed at the front of Hunter Stadium today to raise awareness and promote the importance of taking the pledge and supporting White Ribbon Day.
- Newcastle Coach Wayne Bennett will attended a White Ribbon Breakfast in Warwick today.
- NRL Community Engagement Officers Nathan Hindmarsh and Hazem El Masri and Ambassador Mario Fenech have pledged their support on Rugby League’s One Community website http://www.rloc.com.au/default.aspx?s=video
- The Bulldogs showed their support by wearing white ribbons during their ‘Amazing Race’ throughout Sydney’s city streets today.
- Luke Lewis (Sharks) and Clinton Newton (Panthers) will speak at the annual NSW Parliament White Ribbon Day Lunch at Parliament House on Thursday, 29 November.
- Rugby League Central staff and family took part in the Sydney White Ribbon Walk from Randwick to Coogee.