Mark of re­spect

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - THE STANDARD - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Mark Geyer talks to the stu­dents about tack­ling do­mes­tic violence and (inset) ev­ery­one en­thu­si­as­ti­cally tak­ing part in a game of tug-o-war.

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