Today members of Souths Cares and the South Sydney Rabbitohs took part in Sydney’s White Ribbon Day Walk from Randwick to Coogee Beach, to show their support for the campaign.
Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer, said it is the fourth successive year that both his charity and the Rabbitohs joined in the Walk to help raise awareness of domestic violence.
“Violence against women is a very serious problem in Australia,” said Brock.
“One in three women - that’s potentially your mother, sister, niece or friend - are victims of domestic violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
“The statistics are alarming. Some include:
· Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence;
· A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home;
· Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children;
· One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse; and
· Sadly, Indigenous women are 35 times more likely to end up in hospital as a result of domestic violence.
Brock said it was inspiring to see thousands of men, women and children join in the Walk in which a number of the Rabbitohs family took part in.
“Apart from myself and the Souths Cares team taking part, we were joined by Rabbitohs club staff, coach, Michael Maguire and his family, and NRL Ambassador and Rabbitohs legend Mario Fenech, all lending their support to the campaign,” he said.
“Following the Walk there was a Welcome to Country from Indigenous leader, Gary Ella, a number of speeches, most notably however, was a passionate and sincere message from Andrew O’Keefe.
“Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione led the White Ribbon Oath ceremony and the morning was concluded with a free BBQ.
“I believe the Walk was attended by around 10,000 people and that sight and show of support alone, speaks volumes about the seriousness of the issue and just how committed more and more Australians are in the challenge of ‘standing up and speak out’ against violence against women.
Souths Cares would like to acknowledge and congratulate the NSW Police Eastern Beaches Local Area Command and Randwick City Council who organised and sponsored the annual Walk.
For more information on how you can show your support for White Ribbon Day or take the online oath, please click here.