In this year’s Round to RizeUp the SUNS will look a bit different, adding a pair of blue RizeUp socks to their usual playing kit. 

The New Balance, RizeUp branded socks will be on show for all to see when the players take to the field in their Round 9 matchup against Fremantle, at Metricon Stadium. 

One of the players taking the field will be Connor Budarick, who commented on the importance of supporting RizeUp, the SUNS’ major charity partner. 

“We feel like it is very important to get behind the charity and support those affected by it and spread awareness to the public,” Budarick told SUNS Media. 

“The fans come to our game and support us, and because of that we feel that we have to support them and the surrounding community and this is the best way to do that. 

“Domestic violence is not acceptable anywhere, so the more people we can get on board to donate (will help) the people who are affected get the help they really need.” 

Budarick also mentioned how SUNS players have teamed up to begin the fundraising efforts with a $5000 donation. 

“We feel really proud about it, that $5000 can create a new home for a family that desperately needs help,” Budarick said. 

The goals of the Round to RizeUp is to raise awareness to domestic and family violence, whilst also fundraising for those impacted by it.  

With it being Domestic and Family Violence awareness month, through RizeUp a family can be relocated to a new, safe, furnished home for just $5000. 

RizeUp’s mission is to drive awareness of domestic and family violence within our society by generating life-changing, practical support for the families affected, giving them the hope and empowerment to move on to a life free from violence. 

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