Rabbitohs Participate in White Ribbon Walk
Friday 23 November 2012 3:55 PM
Former Rabbitohs players and Ambassadors Mario Fenech and Rhys Wesser were joined by CEO Shane Richardson, Souths Juniors President Keith McCraw and Souths Cares General Manager John Hutchinson in taking part in today’s Sydney White Ribbon Walk from Randwick to Coogee Beach.
The South Sydney crew walked from High Cross Park, Randwick, to Coogee Surf Life Saving Club to take part in a public White Ribbon Oath ceremony.
Other people involved in today's White Ribbon Walk included Police, Fire Service, Army and dignitaries The Hon. Peter Garrett MP, Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen and other councillors.
This is the second year in which the Rabbitohs have been involved in the annual White Ribbon Walk.
“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.