RizeUp Round goes statewide
The Central Division's annual RizeUp Round has been adopted across the state with Northern and SEQ Divisions participating on the weekend of August 4-5.
RizeUp Australia works to raise awareness and educate about the prevalence of domestic violence as well as provide support and assistance to those in need.
They have partnered with Queensland Rugby League's Central Division since 2016 and in 2018 they will be joined by affiliated clubs in Townsville, Ipswich and Brisbane taking part in the RizeUp Round.
"As an organisation we are truly committed to putting an end to domestic violence," SEQ Division Chairman Brad Tallon said.
"Through our players, staff, supporters and the entire football community, we have a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for RizeUp as well as engaging the community in our fight against domestic violence."
Northern Division Chairman Leigh Anderson added, "It will be a great family day and we are encouraging people to bring donations of homewares, linen, food and toiletries that we can then pass on to RizeUp for them to use in the homes they furnish. It is not just about awareness it is also a way of providing practical and meaningful assistance."
Central Division Chairman Danny McGuire said he was pleased to see the initiative spread across the rest of Queensland.
"The RizeUp Round initiative began in 2016 and we are proud that is an annual event on our calendar," he said.
"We are excited that a significant part of the state has now taken on the initiative enthusiastically. It is a privilege to host the RizeUp round and let the public know that we do not condone domestic violence.
"All participating clubs and leagues are excited about growing the event and building a legacy that shows rugby league genuinely cares about their communities."
RizeUp director Nicolle Edwards was also excited that this initiative was now a permanent feature in the QRL's stable of events.
"We really value the partnership we have with the QRL and what it can bring to raising awareness and educating people about domestic violence."
"We are all looking forward to the round and to see the community, fans and the players unite to tackle this epidemic."