It’s our opportunity as a community to stand up and help those in need.

This weekend’s Round 8 Toyota AFL Premiership Fixture against St Kilda at Metricon Stadium will be the Gold Coast SUNS Round to RizeUp.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Gold Coast SUNS General Manager Football Jon Haines, looked to highlight the importance of the Round. 

“RizeUp are a really important partner for us as a football club and particularly in terms of the Gold Coast community,” Haines said.

“As a club and as part of the Gold Coast community, we have the opportunity and a platform to put our best foot forward to try and effect change throughout society for the better.”

“That’s where RizeUp come in, they’re really important partner and a cause that work in a space that has been in everyone's front of mind in the last few months in particular.”

In recent weeks we’ve worked with our playing group and staff to better educate them and give them the tools to help create awareness around the prevention of domestic and family violence.

“We've done some education with our players last week around domestic violence and how they can help educate themselves and those around them.”

“This week we've got a group of players, this afternoon actually, going out and helping set up a house for, for an affected family in our community.”

“There will also be a fundraising opportunity for everyone who attend’s the game on the weekend.”

It’s not only about winning on field but helping to win off field as well.

“We're really hopeful we can put on a good show on the weekend and raise some much-needed funds for RizeUp and the families that are impacted.”

Every single one of us plays a role in creating a brighter future for families affected by Domestic and Family Violence.

Donations can be made whilst purchasing tickets to the game via Ticketek, at any time via the RizeUp website or on match day at Metricon Stadium.

As individuals, as a team and as a club, we can:

Look after our friends and family, our neighbours and colleagues

  • Ask if they’re okay?
  • Hold our friends and family accountable for their attitudes and behaviours
  • Understand the drivers to violence against women and children

If you or anyone you know is affected by domestic or family violence contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or if you are in immediate danger call 000.