Swearing for good reason

Helen Wood, Genelle Purcell, Demarco Quinlin-Randall, Dave Ferguson, Carl Daley and Alison Tullipan at the Lower Clarence Domestic Violence Committee White Ribbon Golf day at the Maclean Golf Club.
Helen Wood, Genelle Purcell, Demarco Quinlin-Randall, Dave Ferguson, Carl Daley and Alison Tullipan at the Lower Clarence Domestic Violence Committee White Ribbon Golf day at the Maclean Golf Club. Adam Hourigan

THERE was plenty of swearing at the White Ribbon Golf Day at the Maclean links yesterday, not because of poor shots but because men were taking a stand against domestic violence.

A goal of the White Ribbon campaign is to get men to swear an oath not to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Former Australian rugby league representative and St George winger Nathan Blacklock is a White Ribbon ambassador and was on hand to play a round of golf and encourage others to take the pledge.

"A ban on domestic violence is part of the Lower Clarence league team's code of conduct, and it was good to see them being proactive," Mr Blacklock said.

"Guys are starting to think about what kind of people they are," he said.

"They are starting to realise there are better ways to solve their problems other than violence."

Children often felt the brunt of domestic violence even if they weren't directly involved, he said.

As role models in the community, men should stop turning a blind eye to the issue.

"It is time to take a stand and step up," he said.

The White Ribbon Shield was decided by a game of 9-hole ambrose between more than 30 participants.

The winning team included: Graham Edwards, Rod Simpson, Ken Doyle and Mr Blacklock.

Over 28,000 Australians have taken the White Ribbon pledge.

Topics:  domestic violence, golf, maclean, swearing, white ribbon day

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