Kicking goals for White Ribbon

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Austin (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jacob Kavanagh loses the ball to a sliding tackle during a HMAS Stirling vs Fleet soccer competition to raise money in conjunction with a barbeque for White Ribbon.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jacob Kavanagh loses the ball to a sliding tackle during a HMAS Stirling vs Fleet soccer competition to raise money in conjunction with a barbeque for White Ribbon.

HMAS Stirling personnel participated in sporting and social activities to support fundraising for the White Ribbon Organisation on 31 July.

Navy personnel participated in a ‘uniform free day’ with a gold coin donation, a soccer match was held on the main Stirling Sports Oval which was followed by a lunch by donation also.

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Angela Bond said that the Navy community was committed to raising awareness about domestic violence.

“The activities conducted today not only allow us to raise funds for White Ribbon and promote the awareness of what the initiative is all about, but it’s also an opportunity for Navy personnel to come together as a community and enjoy a great social event,” Captain Bond said. 

The soccer game was battled out between a combined Fleet and a combined Stirling team, with the contest being played in a fantastic spirit, and being ably managed by Stirling’s Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Tony Nichols and Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Paul Williams with the eventual winners being the combined Stirling team, 2-0.

White Ribbon Ambassador at HMAS Stirling, Lieutenant Pat Crosbie, said that the support received during the days events had been fantastic.

“It’s been an amazing team effort, seeing so many Navy people coming together and supporting White Ribbons activities,” Lieutenant Crosbie said.

“Not only through sporting activities, but also through conducting Divisional meetings and selling White Ribbon merchandise in their individual units; it’s all about creating awareness that violence in any relationship is unacceptable.”

With donations still to be fully counted, the days fundraising efforts had already exceeded $1,300, which will go directly to supporting the White Ribbon Organisation.

The Royal Australian Navy was one of the first accredited White Ribbon Workplaces and maintains a constant commitment to the intent of the White Ribbon. 

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on 25 November.

For further information visit the White Ribbon Organisation website: www.whiteribbon.org.au