The Cheshire Jets showed their full support for the anti violence White Ribbon Campaign, at their latest fixture against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 20th November. The team took the message on board and proudly wore their White Ribbons on their kit, to show their support for the national campaign.
The White Ribbon Campaign is a global campaign aimed at encouraging men to take a proactive stance toward reducing violence against women. It is also an opportunity for the non abusive male majority to pledge to never condone the violence that is perpetrated by a minority of their gender.
The Jets chose to join hundreds of people across the county by wearing white ribbons and pledging support online at the White Ribbon Campaign website.
Across Cheshire West and Chester alone, over 1,700 cases of domestic violence are reported to police each year. Statistics show that violence against women causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than cancer.
Cheshire Jets Captain Colin O’Reilly explained why the Jets are backing this campaign;
“It’s incredibly important that we all take a stand against violence against women. As a team we decided to get involved with the White Ribbon campaign to set an example to other men within our community to show them that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable.
“We work a lot with local schools and young people across Cheshire acting as positive sporting role models, all the squad hope that by getting involved with the campaign, we can continue to do so and help highlight the problem facing both men and women.”
The Cheshire Jets will be involved in a photo shoot for the White Ribbon Campaign on the 25th of November outside the HQ building in Chester. After which they will join other supporters in a mile long walk around the city.
To get involved with the White Ribbon Campaign and to make your pledge to end all forms of violence against women, go to www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the UK branch of the global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.
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