Game to carry a strong message

By Alex Mitchell

Tallygaroopna and Ardmona will don Indigenous-inspired jumpers this weekend as the clubs join forces to say no to violence.

In celebrating NAIDOC week, the Hume Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group (HIFVRAG) has partnered with the Kyabram District Football Netball League for the feature game at the Ardmona Recreation Reserve.

‘You can’t shake a hand with a closed fist’ is the motto for the sixth year of the initiative, which aims to bring attention to violence to curb its impact within the Indigenous and greater communities.

The special-edition jumpers have been designed by Indigenous artists involved with the clubs; Ardmona’s designed by Tom Day and Tallygaroopna’s by Clinton Edwards.

Senior footballers and netballers will symbolically line up and shake hands before their fixtures, with former St Kilda and Brisbane AFL player Gilbert McAdam to be in attendance, reading the ‘Say No To Violence’ address.

HIFVRAG co-chair Jonathon Henderson said it was an ideal opportunity to get the message across to the community.

‘‘The KDFNL sporting arena is the perfect opportunity to target many Indigenous players and their families in rural areas, while covering a large majority of the region the action group operates in,’’ he said.

‘‘The aim is to reduce, prevent, engage and assist our communities, working together to develop partnerships and strategies which will create a future free from violence within our relationships, families and communities as a whole.’’