Gladstone’s major industries are banding together with emergency services to take aim at domestic and family violence, through the inaugural Gladstone Industry White Ribbon Cup. 

The volleyball tournament, on this Sunday 25 November, is about raising awareness of the importance of standing up, speaking out and acting out against Domestic Violence. 

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) Chair and Boyne Smelter General Manager Joe Rea says it’s an important initiative in support of White Ribbon. “Our commitment to zero harm isn’t limited to the workplace; we want our employees and our community members to be safe at home too,” Mr Rea said. “This inaugural event shows our collective commitment to making a difference, both inside our gates and within the broader community.” 

GILG CEO Patrick Hastings said more than 100 industry employees had signed up to compete for the White Ribbon Cup. “While it’s aimed at being a fun day for all involved, it is also about driving home that important message that we all must say no to domestic violence,” Mr Hastings said. “It is about all of us taking responsibility and being part of the solution to end violence, abuse and inequality.” 

The event is supported by the Gladstone Volleyball Association, Gladstone State High School, Boyne Tannum Men’s Shed, Zonta Club of Gladstone and Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence. 

Supporters are welcome to attend. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.