Melbourne Football Club have taken a stance…or walk against domestic violence and leading the “Walk against family violence” on Monday afternoon.
Led by new coach Paul Roos the walk is aimed at raising awareness for White Ribbon Day.
The Walk Against Family Violence began in 2009 and its purpose is to break the silence on family violence and raise awareness on this issue.
— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) November 25, 2013
Melbourne player Nathan Jones said the players were to hear of the statistics relating to family violence.
“We are here to support and raise awareness for White Ribbon Day and domestic violence against women, the boys are pretty proud to be here and honored to take part in the walk” said Jones.
Roos committed the entire playing list to the walk to make it clear family violence was an issue that the community needed to address
“Like a lot of us who grow up in a safe family, we don’t have an idea or an understanding of how significant the problem is. But when you delve a bit deeper and you pick up the Herald Sun and read on the front page [the issue of domestic violence], it’s a significant problem,”said Roos.
“Sometimes you’re in a bit of a bubble at a footy club and you don’t get exposed to much but we’ve got to educate everyone and the AFL is doing a much better job of educating players”
The walk began at the Melbourne Town Hall and concluded at Federation Square.