Saturday 25 July 2015 marked Gippsland first ‘Orange Round,’ with Gippsland League taking a stand against men’s violence against women and children. Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault, Gippsland Women’s Health, GippSport and AFL Gippsland partnered to work with the Gippsland League Football Netball Clubs to run a successful ‘Orange Round.’ Based on United Nations Orange Day to raise awareness of and take action to end men’s violence against women and children. Gippsland Orange Round proved to be a successful project for all involved.
Partner representatives visited 8 of the 10 Gippsland League clubs in the lead up to the Orange Round, providing information sessions on men’s violence against women, particularly sexual assault. These information sessions were well received, generating conversation around the issues and support from club members.
Senior footballers and A grade netballers wore orange armbands, showing their support for ending men’s violence against women. Some clubs went a step further, with orange ribbons worn by netballers of all ages, and streamers decorating the sporting club. Posters were displayed at each of the 5 home grounds, and information was provided in the record and around the clubs.
TRFM attended the Morwell V Maffra clash at Morwell Football Netball Club. Donat Santowiak from Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault gave a powerful speech centre field amidst the lined up senior footballers, A grade netballers and umpires to address the spectators, players and radio listeners on the importance of this issue prior to the opening bounce.
There are plans to recreate a similar concept next year, if you are part of a sporting club and would be interested in being involved in a similar awareness raising project, please contact us to discuss your clubs involvement in 2016.
Watch WIN News Gippsland report here.