The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs are supporting ‘White Ribbon Night’ by encouraging supporters watching this Friday’s game to ‘Have a Night In To Get the Word Out’ about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention.
The Bulldogs will also use their 80th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday, 1 August to ‘get the word out’ to more than 800 guests and will make a $25,000 donation towards expanding White Ribbon’s primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
“On Friday 31 August we’ve got a huge game of footy and we’re asking supporters who are ‘having a night in’ to watch the game to have a conversation about the need to stop violence against women and to make a donation to support the important work being done in this space by White Ribbon Australia,” said Bulldogs Chief Executive Raelene Castle.
As a childhood witness to domestic violence and as a police officer who has responded to calls for assistance in matters of violence against women, Bulldogs legend ‘Rocket’ Rod Silva has recorded a message for Bulldogs fans encouraging them to support White Ribbon’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year.
“Any real man would agree that domestic violence is terrible for everyone. On Friday night when you’re sitting around with your mates watching the game, please talk about what you can do to help stop a cycle of violence that sees one woman killed every week by a current or former partner in her own home,” Silva said.
Bulldogs White Ribbon Ambassadors Aiden Tolman and Steve Turner have also recorded messages urging supporters to get behind the campaign and to show their support through social media, with tags to be posted as: #whiteribbonnight #nrlroostersbulldogs #proudtobeabulldog.