Mel Kent-ford, Karen Lange and Catherine Stewart from the Meteors Soccer Club, which dedicated its senior home games to raising awareness as part of domestic violence protection month.
Mel Kent-ford, Karen Lange and Catherine Stewart from the Meteors Soccer Club, which dedicated its senior home games to raising awareness as part of domestic violence protection month. Rebekah Smith

Sporting clubs in Gladstone take a stand against violence

SPORTING codes across Gladstone banded together at the weekend to help stamp out domestic and family violence.

Along with the CQ Capras doing their bit during the game against PNG Hunters on Saturday night, Gladstone's Meteors Football Club also put on a huge show of support for the cause.

Turning Saturday into a family fun day culminating in the men's A-Grade game at 7pm, gate takings from the events, which included jumping castles, penalty shootout competitions and sprint races, were all donated to the domestic and family violence prevention cause.

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Meteors publicity officer Karen Lange said the day had been a huge success.

Families had flocked to the grounds throughout the afternoon.

"The parents and kids absolutely loved it," she said. "The days takings, I believe, went to the awareness foundation.

"It's (domestic and family violence) definitely something that more people should be aware of."

With a number of Meteors' senior women ranks made up of local policewomen, Ms Lange said it was a cause close to a lot of hearts at the Meteors club.

"Quite a few of our players area actually police ladies and women and that (domestic and family violence) is an issue and we don't like it," she said.

Ms Lange agreed that equally as important was the message being sent to children that, no matter what their upbringing, there was no excuse for domestic and family violence.

"Just because mum does it or dad does it, doesn't mean they (kids) need to do it; they need to know that it's not on," she said.

Praising the work of the entire Meteors committee, as well as Jean and Adam Van Vegchel in particular, for their hard work organising the day, Ms Lange did not want to take credit for others' hard work.

"I came into it at the end," she said. "The day turned out really, really good.

"We've had some really good feedback and as far as I know the police were happy with it, as we also had info packs in bags we were handing out on the day."

The CQ Capras, which hosted the PNG Hunters at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday, also raised awareness for domestic and family violence prevention awareness month, with the proceeds of a signed jersey raffled off going to help the cause.



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