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

violence.

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

assisting victims.”

"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.

About RIZEUP

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

www.facebook.com/rizeup

or

www.rizeup.com.au

 




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