DESPITE it still being the official off-season a number of Queensland Rugby League staff showed up to work today wearing the jersey of their favourite football team all for a good cause.


The head office of the QRL have thrown their support behind NRL Rugby League One Community charity partner the White Ribbon Foundation, which urges men to take a stand to end violence against women.


The White Ribbon Foundation of Australia aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue.





QRL receptionist Brooke Diete wore her Canterbury Bulldogs jersey to work today and said it was her way of building awareness of the issue and supporting ways to end violence against women.


The NRL has a partnership with the White Ribbon Foundation and I feel that by displaying the NRL logo, I am showing my support to White Ribbon Day, Brooke said.


I also purchased a White Ribbon to pledge my oath for White Ribbon Day.


Other staff members showed their support by purchasing and wearing a white ribbon will all proceeds from their sale and the gold coin donation by jerseys wearers going towards the White Ribbon Campaign.


Brooke also helped educate staff and visitors to the office about the issue of violence against women.


On Friday, I made a collage on our office front window of 53 silhouettes (and) these silhouettes represent the number of women who have lost their life due to domestic violence this year.


I also made up 15 posters to display around the office to help promote (the issue) and encourage everyone in the community to get behind and support this wonderful cause.


I think it is very important for women to feel safe and protected.


It is very important for people to get behind and support White Ribbon Day as everyone deserves an equal right in life.


I believe most women feel scared to talk about this issue, but with foundations like White Ribbon Day, women are getting the support they need.


For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to: www.whiteribbon.org.au


A factsheet and a support services hotline can be found under Related Items.


About the NRL and White Ribbon Day:


The NRL launched its support of White Ribbon Day earlier this month with an extensive internal campaign to raise awareness, culminating in a fund-raising barbecue at Allianz Stadium precinct tomorrow morning and the release of video messages from the Kangaroos and staff.


The NRL and the Kangaroos have been a supporting charity partner of White Ribbon Australia since 2008, with the NRL involved in the ground-breaking prevention initiative, the White Ribbon Australia Accreditation Program Pilot.