Jamieson Park in Penrith was a hive of activity last week as five High Schools united to raise awareness regarding domestic violence as part of Kingswood High School’s White Ribbon Cup Gala Day.
The White Ribbon Cup is sporting gala-day held for secondary education students from within the Western Suburbs of Sydney.
The day is aimed at promoting awareness about White Ribbon Australia and the initiatives utilise to reduce the incidence of Domestic and Partner Violence. In addition to raising awareness, the day also provides a platform to raise much-needed funds to join the fight against domestic violence.
This celebration of unity saw five schools including, Cambridge Park, Cranebrook, Penrith Christian School, Eagle Vale and Kingswood who all got together to play off in mixed teams across a range of competitions including Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Netball and League Tag.
The White Ribbon Cup consists of students from six secondary coeducational schools engaging in meaningful sporting competition, aimed at promoting the ideals of acceptance, equity and the development of respectful relationships between genders.
This initiative was kindly supported by a range of community partners including Football NSW who assisted with the resourcing and organisation of the day.
This event was extremely successful and already clubs and organisers are looking forward to contributing to an even larger event in 2019.
Kingswood High School head PDHPE teacher Darren Lang was delighted with how the event unfolded.
“To have the support of both the Nepean Football Association and Football NSW, the State Sporting Organization was one of my key objectives, and when I approached them I wasn’t sure how we would go.
“A huge thank you to Oscar Gonzalez and James Rankine as well as Mr Andrew Pearn for their efforts towards making this day such an outstanding success.”
Both Gonzalez and Rankine echoed Lang’s comments on a wonderful event.
“To be able support an event like this is personally very satisfying and to be able to support teenagers in their education about life and sport in a unique event like this was an opportunity we couldn’t miss,” Gonzalez stated.
“It was a tremendous day and to see the size and scale of the event, we’re talking five hundred students and fifty plus teachers and coaches as well as a number of different orgnaizations including the Western Sydney Wanderers means this an important event to so many and we are happy to be been able to play our par,” Rankine ended.