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White Ribbon game a first

White Ribbon game a first

Tanunda Football Club held a White Ribbon “Our Club Swears” day on Saturday with support from the Willaston Football Club and the Barossa Domestic Violence Action Group (DVAG). 

All senior players from both A-Grade and Reserves teams along with the umpires recited the White Ribbon oath while standing in front of a banner showing the oath at the end of the Reserves game just after 2 p.m.

Spectators at the ground were invited to join in swearing the oath, “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women this is my oath.” 

In short, the players swore an oath that they will not commit violence against women themselves, that they will not excuse it if they see it occurring among their friends and relatives and that they will speak up whenever they see it. 

White Ribbon was founded by a group of men in Canada and came to Australia in 2003. This national, male-led campaign has a vision that all women can live in safety free from all forms of violence.

Senior Sergeant Martin Kennedy from Nuriootpa, Chairman of the Barossa DVAG and a White Ribbon Ambassador says, “One of my roles as a White Ribbon Ambassador is to get the community talking about Domestic Abuse, particularly violence against women.

“Having these young men recite the White Ribbon Oath in public will get them talking about it, along with everyone at the game and everyone who reads about it in the local paper.”

 A White Ribbon “Our Club Swears” day has been run for the past five years by the Port Noarlunga Football Club and last year at an SANFL match between South Adelaide and Glenelg.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.

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