To mark the start of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in Australia the Gold Coast SUNS are pleased to announce that Round 9 v Fremantle at Metricon Stadium will be the 2nd Annual Round to RizeUp.

In conjunction with Major Charity Partner RizeUp Australia, the Gold Coast SUNS officially launched the annual game in 2021 with the sole intention of raising much needed awareness and funds for the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said the annual event was a significant round for everyone involved with the club.

“We want the Gold Coast and AFL Community to know that Round to RizeUp is a fixture that will be locked into the calendar each year to ensure we’re playing our role as a football club in raising awareness and educating around the prevention of domestic and family violence,” Evans said.

“For us, it’s about meaning more to the Gold Coast than just being their AFL side, it’s about playing our role as strong members of the community and acting for change in areas that impact our region the most.”

Acting Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and SUNS Ambassador Meaghan Scanlon said this year’s theme for DFV Prevention Month is All of us, together.

“Each and every one of us has a role to play in ending domestic and family violence,” Minister Scanlon said.

“This year’s theme is about all of us, working together to make sure our workplaces, our schools and our communities are safe and respectful.

“Because we know changing attitudes around violence and instilling respect for women is crucial in ending domestic and family violence.

SUNS players and staff have worked with RizeUp for over nine years, helping families get settled after escaping violent situations at home.

In the lead up to the fixture, the SUNS and RizeUp will launch a number of new and different initiatives to help raise awareness of the game and therefore the prevention of domestic and family violence.