OPINION: Rugby league has power in our region, let's use it
WHEN Cherbourg and Murgon met in the 2017 South Burnett Rugby League grand final, I was on the sideline, camera in hand, capturing the action.
It was my first day at the South Burnett Times and my first insight into how important rugby league is to the community.
It is more than a sport for many in the region.
It is about playing alongside mates and relatives, it is about doing your town and club proud, and it is a chance to catch up with friends and get involved in the community.
The Murgon Mustangs have recognised the power of rugby league in the South Burnett and will use it to spread awareness about domestic violence awareness at their annual event on Saturday.
In 12 hours, 125 games of rugby league will be played, from under-6 to open women's and A-grade, with the message of domestic violence awareness in the spotlight.
And today, students from Murgon, Cherbourg and Moffatdale will hear from former NRL player Clinton Toopi as part of the NRL Voice Against Violence program.
I am one of the lucky ones, I have never personally experienced domestic violence, but every time I step into a courtroom in the South Burnett I am reminded that it is a part of everyday life for many.
The Murgon Mustangs are stepping up and playing their part and I believe it is our responsibility to get behind them.
It is not just about showing up and cheering on your team, it is about taking time to think about the message and reflect on how it can be applied to your life, your family and community.
Just like in football, success in reducing domestic violence in the community will be a team effort.