Magpies kick out violence
WHEN the Lower Clarence Magpies pack their scrums, make tackles and score tries this season, they will be doing it with an extra purpose.
The Magpies will proudly represent the anti-domestic violence cause for a second consecutive year after re-signing with a program called Tackling Violence.
The anti-domestic violence program, run by the NSW Government in partnership with regional rugby league clubs, launched its 2010 season at the weekend.The Magpies are the only Clarence Valley club to sign up.
Magpies president Garry Anderson said while the sponsorship money of $5000 was a ‘carrot’, it was the cause that was the club’s main reason for participating.
“We’re pretty proactive as a rugby league club,” he said.
“Being involved with this allows rugby league to be the tool to raise awareness of domestic violence.”
As part of the club’s involvement this year, Magpies players will agree to a code of conduct, with penalties should a player commit a domestic violence-related offence.
They will also participate in a radio and television campaign throughout the season and don the “Let’s Tackle Domestic Violence” badge on their jerseys.
The club will also attend domestic violence education workshops, which Mr Anderson said were very valuable last year.
“We learnt a lot – and that’s everyone who was there: white or black, younger or older,” he said. “Domestic violence isn’t just about men man-handling women – it can be financial or verbal abuse as well, and it can be either gender.”
The Community Services Domestic Violence Line number is 1800 656 463.