We were very proud to unite with White Ribbon Australia and our local community to host a White Night during Saturday’s match against Newcastle Jets.Our players took to the pitch in their white away kit too raise awareness for White Ribbon and the eradication of violence against women, a huge societal issue with 40% of women having experienced violence since the age of 15.
Fans too got in on the act with the majority of the crowd clad in white as the White Ribbon Pledge was held pre-match with players, ambassadors and local identities and a big White Ribbon was attached onto the giant Wanderers jersey.
Goalkeeper and White Ribbon Ambassador Ante Covic said it was an important cause for the club to get behind.
“It’s a little bit different coming to Wanderland and seeing so much white,” said Covic.
“It’s great that they got behind the cause today and as we are in a position where there is a lot of profile on us we have got to take that responsibility on board and really create a message.”
The support for the White Ribbon campaign did not end after match-day with both Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League players attending the White Ribbon Walk in Liverpool.
Westfield W-League player Tia Gavin was one of the attendees at the walk.
“It’s really important to get the message out to people so that they become aware of it and they don’t just stay quiet,” explained Gavin.
“It is important that clubs like us get behind the campaign as if people hear that the Wanderers are behind it, they get interested in it and that makes a difference.”
We encourage men to take a stand and do all in their power to stop violence against women while creating an environment where women can share their story and be heard.
If you are in a scenario of abuse and need to speak to someone please do not hesitate and call 1800 RESPECT or the emergency services. Or for more information, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au