Yarrawonga Health, in partnership with Victoria Police, Yarrawonga Football Netball Club and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club, held what has become an annual White Ribbon Day cricket match last Friday.FIONA BLICK February 25, 2014 2:51pm
The event, a 10/10 Big Bash, was held as part of the White Ribbon initiative which is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.
Violence against woman and more broadly family violence has touched many people in the community, most recently with the horrific death of Luke Batty who was killed by his father at a junior cricket match last week.
Luke’s passing was recognised at the event with local children releasing yellow balloons in memory of Luke.
More than 150 people attended the cricket match at the Lakers Victoria Park cricket oval. The match followed the Big Bash junior cricket games.
North East Police Superintendent Paul O’Hallaran opened the event and spoke to the crowed about the need for everyone in the community to understand the importance of respecting each other.
He encouraged people in attendance to sign the White Ribbon Oath, agreeing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
The match commenced with the YFNC bowling, Ben Griffin was the highlight for the Pigeons bowling a hat trick to keep the crowd entertained.
Brendan Fevola also showed that he is a man of many talents taking a spectacular one handed rolling catch on the boundary line in front of the crowd.
Local police officers Sergeant John Higgins and Leading Senior Constable Russell Welsh volunteered their time to umpire the match; both men reported how pleased they were with the high number of people who turned out to show their support for the White Ribbon initiative.
During the drinks break Eastern Region Family Violence Advisor Sergeant John Huntington spoke about ways to eliminate violence in the community.
The match resumed with the YMCC bowling and they showed the Pigeons why they should stick to playing football, with both opening batters going out for a golden duck.
Chris Kennedy lifted the Pigeons chances slightly but the cricketers went on to win the match by 7 runs.
The White Ribbon initiative seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change.
Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide and Australia is not immune.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia, where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
In 2013 alone family violence was reported to have cost the Australian economy approximately $14.7 billion.
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