Playing to raise awareness

WHITE RIBBON ROUND: White Ribbon ambassador Ivan Phillips has been in Ceduna ahead of the Far West Football League's White Ribbon Round this Saturday.
WHITE RIBBON ROUND: White Ribbon ambassador Ivan Phillips has been in Ceduna ahead of the Far West Football League's White Ribbon Round this Saturday.

The Far West Football League will hold a White Ribbon Round this Saturday to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.

The Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation came forward with the idea and said it wanted to spread the message.

“We thought, why not speak about the issue of domestic violence through something the guys love, which is the footy,” Keturah Coleman said.

“It is about men standing up to domestic violence against women and awareness about what White Ribbon stands for so other males may take a stand against violence as well.”

Matches between Koonibba and Ceduna at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex and Western United versus Thevenard at Penong Oval will be played with white footballs, while players will wear white armbands and drink from white water bottles.

White Ribbon ambassador Ivan Phillips has been in Ceduna this week speaking to local clubs about the issue.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness and have influence over young men to think about their behaviour and attitudes,” he said.

“The majority of men fully understand acceptable behaviour and White Ribbon Round reiterates the need for some men to consider their attitudes and behaviour towards women.”

Mr Phillips said similar White Ribbon rounds in Port Lincoln had been met with an “unbelievable and overwhelming response”.

Ms Coleman said she hoped it would carry through to future seasons.