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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs yesterday joined the local community for the White Ribbon Day march through Lakemba.

The entire first grade squad, coaching and administration staff were on hand, joining members from local organisations and the general public to eliminate violence against women and children.

Domestic violence is a critical issue for the Canterbury-Bankstown district with an average of five assaults per day.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, The Hon. Mr Tony Burke were also in attendance, where prop forward Aiden Tolman read the White Ribbon oath, to kick start the walk.

“All the boys, CEO, Coach and staff have embraced the White Ribbon partnership,” Tolman said. “We work in this area and we are well aware of the struggles and stats associated with domestic violence.

“It’s about standing up and saying that it’s unacceptable to be violent towards woman and children. If we can stop one incident from happening, then we are making a difference.

“This is our second year and the event has grown, which is great to see with more of the community getting involved.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.