Mustangs to tackle 125 games of league to raise DV awareness
EVERY rugby league player knows a high tackle is an automatic penalty.
The Murgon Mustangs are on a mission to educate South Burnett players in all teams, from under-6 to A-grade, that they should consider domestic violence in the same way - it's a no-go.
This Saturday, 125 games of rugby league will be played over 12 hours in Murgon as part of the annual Murgon Mustangs Domestic Violence Awareness Round.
The Mustangs' Cole Cooper said the round was a good way to spread the message about domestic violence.
"Rugby league is a male-dominated sport, and it is good to see that is changing, but we really need to engage with the men that engage with the sport and educate them on domestic violence awareness and prevention,” Cooper said.
The Mustangs have adopted the motto, "There is no excuse for domestic abuse” and with the assistance of the NRL Voice Against Violence program will be spreading the message to students.
Former NRL player Clinton Toopi from the Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans, will visit Cherbourg, Murgon and Moffatdale state schools as well as Murgon State High School to educate students about empathy, gratitude, personal safety and domestic violence awareness.
Queensland Rugby League's Grant Bignell will also run a session with the Mustangs U16 team about how the rules they abide by in the game can be reflected in their personal lives.
"This is our commitment to educate the community,” Cooper said.
"Starting with our younger generation, we and try and use the sport as a vehicle to get our message out.
The South Burnett juniors won't be the only ones lacing up on Saturday - the Mustangs U16s will take on Highfields as part of the Toowoomba Rugby League competition, and the South Burnett women will take on Nambour as part of the Sunshine Coast Rugby League competition.
South Burnett's A-grade sides will play a nine's competition for the Domestic Violence Awareness Shield, and the final will kick off at 7.15pm.
Cooper said the club was committed to expanding the reach of the message in years to come.