Flags bearing an important ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ message will be waved throughout the stadium this Friday, indicating the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ support of the ‘Tackle Domestic Violence’ campaign this year.
This Friday the North Queensland Women's Legal Service and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service will be in Community Corner, a space in 1300SMILES Stadium dedicated by the club to assist charities and community organisations to build their profile and generate interest and support.
The Cowboys have partnered with the North Queensland Women's Legal Service each year to support the ‘Tackle Domestic Violence’ campaign, for the past five years.
Their presence at Community Corner is further underpinned by the club's focus on raising community awareness of domestic and family violence in May, when Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.
It’s for this reason that Simone O’Brien, who will be at the Cowboys v Titans game this Friday, is speaking in schools and to community groups this week in Townsville during her tour throughout Queensland in May to raise awareness of domestic violence.
During a school visit Simone shared her story as a domestic violence survivor and passionate advocate for the women and families affected.
“We need to speak up, look out for the red flags and look out for each other and report any form of domestic violence,” Simone said.
“There’s lots of support out there, and that’s my message is ‘don’t think you’re alone.’”
Former Cowboy Matthew Bowen, who is a community ambassador for the Cowboys, met Simone 12 months ago during her speaking tour and was there again this week to support Simone on behalf of the Cowboys.
Simone said, “I’m very excited for Friday night, and it means a lot that word is getting out to more people.”
Cowboys members and fans can show their support of the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ message by collecting a flag at the entrance to 1300SMILES Stadium from gates open at 4pm this Friday when the Cowboys take on the Titans.
North Queensland Women's Legal Service and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service will be in Community Corner to share important information about how people can access the free legal and support services that are available.
Community Corner, located in the Western Forecourt of 1300SMILES Stadium, reflects the Cowboys’ commitment to assist charities and community organisations to build their profile and generate interest and support.