White Ribbon cause on par

Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author)

Leading Seaman Allicia Heron tees off during the White Ribbon golf day. (photo: LAC Michael Green )
Leading Seaman Allicia Heron tees off during the White Ribbon golf day.

Navy’s commitment to ending men’s violence against women strengthened further recently when the senior service participated in a golf day. The event was held at the Royal Military College Golf Course, on behalf of the White Ribbon campaign and hosted by the Australian Defence Credit Union.

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives that involve awareness raising, education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces, and across the broader community.

The golf day added to a number of activities Navy are supporting this year for White Ribbon. Others included a Bridge to Bridge Fun Run in Canberra and a world record paper boat race attempt in Sydney.

Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, AM, CSC, RAN attempts a putt on the 5th during the White Ribbon golf day.

Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, AM, CSC, RAN attempts a putt on the 5th during the White Ribbon golf day.

Rear Admiral Clint Thomas participated on the day and sees a better future for women in the work place.

“Mid 2014 marked a significant milestone in the Royal Australian Navy’s involvement in White Ribbon, as the Navy became the largest organisation to achieve White Ribbon accreditation.  The Navy is committed to providing continual support to the campaign and its objectives. Activities such as the golf day increase this support amongst members,” Rear Admiral Thomas said.

Luckily for some the emphasis of the day was awareness through participation rather than on results. Although not that successful on the green, Commander Rod Harrod plans on rallying support for even greater attendance next year.

“It was a fantastic day out of the office, for an extremely important cause. The objectives of White Ribbon are inline with the Navy core values, and activities like these further strengthen that. The turn out was great and I will certainly be getting some more mates to come along next year,” Commander Harrod said.

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign see www.whiteribbon.org.au.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143537.