RUGBY LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH RIZEUP
CENTRAL RUGBY LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH
RIZEUP TO TACKLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
THIS INTEGRAL PARTNERSHIP WILL SEE ALL PLAYERS IN THE CENTRAL DIVISION OF QLD RUGBY
LEAGUE PLAYING A PIVOTAL ROLE IN STANDING IN SUPPORT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
RizeUp is an independent charity that provides practical assistance to families affected by domestic
Families seeking safety in refuge reach a place where they move on to independent housing. This is a
daunting task and most often the homes are bare, sometimes lacking curtains and carpet and are not the
secure and warm homes that the families should be moving in to.
This is where RizeUp comes in and creates an inviting sanctuary for these families to call home. Through
practical action, RizeUp volunteers are able to collect and source donations from the community through
the facebook page and turn a stark, cold house into a comfortable, safe and welcoming home.
The team behind the Central Division of Qld Rugby League will work with RizeUp to create awareness of
domestic violence through a dedicated RizeUp round of the local league competitions as well as providing
support through education, fundraising and donation drives.
One of the most important aspects of the partnership will be the exposure of RizeUp’s work in the local
communities where the teams are so highly regarded. In addition, players will be involved in education
about respectful relationships.
QRL’s Central Division Manager Glenn Ottaway said, “We are delighted to be partnering with such a
dedicated and practical charity. The issue of domestic violence in our country is still too much of a taboo
and we need to educate the community that this behaviour is not acceptable and let victims know that
help is available.”
“To be able to engage our players in practical action to help victims is such a rewarding and important role
for them and the education that RizeUp can bring to our respectful relationships program is invaluable.”
RizeUp Director Nicolle Edwards agrees.
“This is an amazing opportunity to reach young men who are just starting their adult lives and make them
aware of the domestic violence situation in Australia and how they can be help towards eradicating DV and
"It is a great privilege for us to have these young men wear the RizeUp logo on their jerseys as a badge of
honour. We look forward to seeing them 'RizeUp' to take a stand against domestic and family violence and
to help us all build a safer, healthier Australian community.”
The first event of this partnership will be at the State A-Grade carnival in June. Central Division players will
be presented with their jerseys, proudly sporting the RizeUp logo. Information and workshops will also be
held and presentations to the players on respectful relationships from the RizeUp team and Central
Divisions Welfare and Education Manager Trish Drummond.
RIZEUP is a registered Australian charity with Nicolle Edwards and Sonia Deakin as Directors. Without ever
meeting the families,
RizeUp and their volunteers are referred homes through the refuges and domestic
violence services. Through the power of social media, the needs are placed on Facebook and within 24 to
48 hours, the team have enough goods to furnish a home and provide the little extra special touches that
make a house a home.
As well as the homes, RizeUp Rapid Response provides immediate assistance for victims which can be
anything from moving a family out of their existing home into a safer home with relatives or friends to
providing airfares for a family fleeing interstate in order to escape the violence.
Rize 4 Liam is the school program run by RizeUp to honour the memory of Liam Enese who was taken too
soon by illness. Liam was a wonderful volunteer who modelled respect and was the 15-year-old son of our
friends Sarah and Tony. We rize up for Liam because children deserve to live free from domestic and
family violence. The costs associated with relocating children of school age can sometimes be immense.
We rize up to assist children of domestic violence to resettle into new schools (helping ease some
economic pressures associated with school relocations, uniforms, books, fees etc.).
This ensures the child starts with confidence and has the same opportunity to learn feeling comfortable
and not self-conscious about standing out for the wrong reasons.
To find out how you can help either as a volunteer or donating goods and services, please visit