The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has joined the fight against domestic violence, proudly announcing today that White Ribbon Australia will be the Official Charity for the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Australia’s only national, male-led violence prevention organisation, White Ribbon Australia aims to create a society in which all women can live safely, free from violence and abuse.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, The Hon. John Eren MP, believes that major events are an invaluable lever for charities to raise funds, awareness and education.
“Our events aren’t just great spectacles and invaluable contributors to our economy, they’re a great opportunity to drive important social change too. Too many Victorians have lost their lives as a result of violence.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, looks forward to working alongside White Ribbon Australia and is proud to be part of the global movement encouraging men to take a leadership role in ending men’s violence against women.
“The decision to appoint White Ribbon Australia as the Official Charity for the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix was a simple one as we strongly believe that a society free from violence against women is a quest that all Australian’s should be a part of,” said Westacott.
“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation recognises its position of having a global platform to spread awareness and create change, and we look forward to being a vehicle to share White Ribbon Australia’s vision with Australia and beyond.”
White Ribbon Australia Chief Executive, Libby Davies, said that while domestic violence is a difficult conversation to have, particularly for men, it is great to see the Australian Grand Prix Corporation shining a light on the issue ensuring that men are involved in driving the change needed.
“We are delighted by the support shown by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and hope that together we can create a positive change and combat the prevalence of violence against women.” Libby Davies CEO White Ribbon Australia says.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation and White Ribbon Australia will host four themed days over the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix: Ladies Day (Thursday), Man Day (Friday), Family Day (Saturday) and Awareness Day (Sunday).
Each day will see an array of different activities take place at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit along with volunteers selling ribbons to help raise money and awareness for White Ribbon Australia, including ‘The Street’s Barber’ Nasir Sobhani, who will help style men’s hair for free on Sunday.
For more information about White Ribbon Australia please visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.