Gilbert McAdam To Feature In KDFNL ‘Say No to Violence’ Round
Ex-AFL star Gilbert McAdam will read the player address at the Murchison v Longwood feature game this weekend as the KDFNL once again hosts a ‘Say No To Violence’ round in conjunction with the Hume Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group (HIFVRAG).
The initiative, now in its fifth year, sees clubs sharing in the motto of “You can’t shake a hand with a closed fist” and aims to raise awareness about violence, and in an attempt to prevent, reduce and respond to violence in the Indigenous and greater communities throughout the region.
Hume IFVRAG’s Co Chairs Jonathon Henderson and Aunty Alice Solomon view sport as a key vehicle for their messages.
“The sporting arena is the perfect opportunity to target many Indigenous players and their families in rural areas, while covering a large majority of the region the Action Group operates in” Jonathon Henderson said.
“The aim is to reduce, prevent, engage and assist our communities, working together to develop partnerships and strategies which will create a future free from violence within our relationships, families and communities as a whole.”
“The Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group takes this opportunity to thank the KDFNL and its affiliated clubs for their commitment with this initiative” added Aunty Alice Solomon.
At each game Senior Football and A Grade Netballers will line up opposite each other for a player address and to shake hands prior to the commencement of the game.
After the football match is finished all football players will assemble for the umpires to announce the player that displayed the great sportsmanship on the day. The awarded player will receive a Sports First gift voucher.
KDFNL President Wayne Ryan urges all members of the football netball community to Say No To Violence.
“The League is proud to be associated with this initiative and our involvement recognises the role of the football and netball community to promote responsible behaviour both on and off field” he said.
Event: ‘Say No To Violence’ feature match
Murchison v Longwood
Gilbert McAdam to read the ‘Say No To Violence’ player address
Venue: Murchison Recreation Reserve
Other games on this day supporting the ‘Say No To Violence’ message are Avenel v Tallygaroopna at Avenel, Girgarre v Rushworth at Girgarre, Lancaster v Undera at Lancaster and Stanhope v Violet Town at Stanhope. Merrigum, Nagambie and Ardmona have the bye.