Tur­bos off to the anti-abuse ball

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Rugby and ball go together as eas­ily as ‘white’ and ‘ribbon’.

The Manawatu Rugby Union is back­ing a cam­paign to fight do­mes­tic abuse in Manawatu, and will be turn­ing up to a black tie Gatsby Ball rais­ing money for the Manawatu Abuse In­ter­ven­tion Net­work.

MAIN co-or­di­na­tor Gail Wood said the event was to en­sure that its Enough Is Enough train­ing pro­grammes could re­main free.

Enough is Enough is about com­mu­ni­ties tak­ing own­er­ship of their do­mes­tic vi­o­lence prob­lems. It fo­cuses on how com­mu­nity mem­bers can deal ef­fec­tively with in­ci­dents of fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Wood said the pro­gramme was vi­tal be­cause po­lice fig­ures re­ported be­tween 350 and 420 lo­cal in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ev­ery month.

Gifted to Manawatu from the North­land District Health Board, MAIN had part­nered with the Manawatu Rugby Union in a pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme that could be rolled out through the rest of the coun­try.

Fol­low­ing a workshop held in May that at­tracted around 50 par­tic­i­pants, a fur­ther six train­ing ses­sions had been booked, Wood said.

‘‘The work­shops are about giv­ing peo­ple skills and the courage to know what to do next, in­stead of clos­ing the win­dow on some­thing go­ing on next door and say­ing ‘It’s noth­ing to do with me’.’’

The pro­gramme also in­creased aware­ness of ser­vices avail­able to help and sup­port vic­tims of vi­o­lence.

The first pub­lic event is the Gatsby-themed ball and auc­tion on July 28.

At the Tur­bos first home game of the Mitre 10 Cup sea­son against Welling­ton on Au­gust 20 at Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena, there will be a ‘walk on’, with the Manawatu play­ers ac­com­pa­nied onto the field by women.

‘‘The play­ers will be with their wives or girl­friends, daugh­ters, sis­ters, aun­ties, grand­moth­ers, fe­male neigh­bours and friends to sig­nify Enough Is Enough,’’ Wood said.

The 2017 cam­paign would cul­mi­nate with the an­nual White Ribbon Ride and the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event in Novem­ber.

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Manawatu Tur­bos 2017 cap­tain Hei­den Bed­well-Cur­tis in ac­tion last year.

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