Mark of respect
League legend Mark Geyer has helped educate Oxley Park Public School students on the importance of White Ribbon Day and eradicating domestic violence.
LEAGUE legend Mark Geyer and Panthers players were on hand to help Oxley Park Public School students combat domestic violence on White Ribbon Day.
The Blacktown local government area has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the state, ranking 28th out of 139 areas, with almost 2000 incidents recorded last year. This rate was up more than 100 incidents on the previous year.
Oxley Park Public School principal Delphine Annett said it was important to inform children about the issue, with St Marys police and Geyer helping get the message across.
After tackling the hard issues in an assembly, the students joined in a game of tug-o-war with many of the Panthers players and police.
Mrs Annett said behind all the fun and games, the event shared an important message. “We need men to speak out and act to stop violence against women and effectively challenge attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men,” she said.
Mark Geyer talks to the students about tackling domestic violence and (inset) everyone enthusiastically taking part in a game of tug-o-war.