Royal Australian Navy divers have completed a successful White Ribbon campaign, raising funds and awareness through a series of events to help victims of domestic violence.
The Commanding Officer of Australian Clearance Diving Team One, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Carroll, said his unit chose White Ribbon as the unit’s main charity to focus fundraising efforts across the year.
"As we work in a predominantly male environment we see White Ribbon as an especially important cause," Lieutenant Commander Carroll said.
"Through this decision we are standing up for mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters and everyone we care about."
With this in mind, the team conducted dedicated a number of activities in support of White Ribbon. Activities so far have included a winter ball, a series of BBQ breakfasts and most recently, a shooting competition at the Weapons Tactical Training Simulator.
Australian Clearance Diving Team One has now raised over $1,300. A cheque was handed over to the Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Committee in Sydney with the Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, the New South Wales Premier and New South Wales Premier Police Commissioner also attending the ceremony.
Lieutenant Commander Carroll said White Ribbon was both a human rights and a workplace issue.
"It's an uncomfortable conversation topic but by focusing on White Ribbon we are encouraging people to talk about domestic violence and more importantly, how we can prevent it."