Turbos off to the anti-abuse ball
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.
Manawatu Turbos 2017 captain Heiden Bedwell-Curtis in action last year.