Australia’s Largest White Ribbon Breakfast Held In Adelaide Today

Today’s breakfast is focusing on fostering respectful relationships in sport, featuring a panel from across all football codes.

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The largest White Ribbon Breakfast in Australia will again take place at the Adelaide convention Centre today, Friday November 22nd.

Over 1,000 people will attend the breakfast this year with the theme of “Fostering Respectful Relationships in Sport”. Hosted by Will McDonald from Nine and with a panel from across all football codes facilitated by Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at AFL, the event will have a wide appeal.

‘Sport is a critical channel for embedding respectful relationships, gender inclusion and the prevention of violence against women and children’ says Grant Pearson, Chair of the White Ribbon SA State Committee and member of the WR Breakfast Committee.

The twelfth Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast is bringing together a diverse and interactive panel from across AFL, AFLW, NRL and Soccer to promote the positive roles men and women can play in challenging attitudes supporting violence and fostering respect and gender equality across sporting cultures.

Facilitated by Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy with AFL in Melbourne, panel members include:

· Jake Battifuoco – White Ribbon Ambassador and Youth Programs Manager at Port Adelaide Football Club managing their Power to End Violence program, which works with young men in Year 10.

· Jaymes Boland-Rutter – Head of Government & Community Relations at NRL in Sydney, working with clubs and the non-government sector in the delivery of NRL’s community programs, including Voice against Violence.

· Courtney Cramey – after captaining the State team, she was a priority selection for the inaugural Adelaide Crows Women’s Team winning two premierships. She is also a social worker with Correctional Services

· Bruce Djite – former Socceroos striker and Adelaide United legend. Appointed Director of Football following his retirement, he is also an Ambassador for All Together, focused on erasing racism

· Tod Stokes – White Ribbon Ambassador and founder of program Club Connect, visiting sporting clubs to foster respectful relationships. He has also chaired the Southern Domestic Violence Group.

· Gavin Wanganeen former AFL footballer playing 300 games with Essendon and Port Adelaide and first Indigenous player to win the Brownlow Medal. He is also an Ambassador for Power Community Programs.

‘Millions of Australians play or are involved in sport at some time in their lives and, as a result, sport can be a powerful and influential vehicle for growing safer and more respectful communities’, Grant Pearson says.

‘The White Ribbon movement is alive and well and the Breakfast this year will again bring the message of ending violence toward women to support change in our community’, Grant Pearson says.

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