Football Federation Australia (FFA), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and Australia’s only national anti-racism charity, All Together Now, have joined forces once again in the fight against racism.
Following last year’s inaugural ‘Erase Racism Round’, the joint initiative will see Round 22 of the Hyundai A-League host this season’s round.
Football is Australia’s most multicultural sport, the ‘Erase Racism Round’ is aimed at highlighting the commitment of the players and the Hyundai A-League to ensuring that there is no place for racism in Australian Football or in the broader community.
“Unfortunately, one in five Australians was a target of racial abuse last year,” All Together Now’s Managing Director, Priscilla Brice, said. “To change this, we need to teach people that racism is unacceptable. Football is a good place to start. The Erase Racism Round certainly helps to get the word out that there is no place for racism in football.”
All Together Now ambassador and Adelaide United forward Bruce Djite said the Erase Racism Round gave the players an opportunity to play a positive role in fighting racism.
“Tackling racism is the responsibility of all and the players are eager to play their part in helping society to do so,” said Djite.
“Diversity and Multiculturalism has brought immeasurable benefits to Australia and the Erase Racism Round is a way we can highlight that to all.”
Head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun said the Erase Racism Round once again highlighted football’s commitment to tackling racism.
“Football is an inclusive sport played by a diverse range of people all over the world. It is a common language, regardless of a person’s background or ethnicity, that people from all walks of life can relate to each other through ,” De Bohun said.
“The Hyundai A-League is again proud to support the Erase Racism Round to highlight the fact that there is no place for racism in Australian football.
“The multicultural nature of Australian football has played a huge role in the success of football and initiatives such as Erase Racism Round are an appropriate platform to support multicultural members of the Football Family.”
PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian said the players were determined to build on last season’s Erase Racism Round. “Our members are determined to ensure that football is free from racism,” said Vivian.
“The Erase Racism Round gives players and football supporters across Australia the chance to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and the enormous benefits that have resulted from it and we encourage all football fans to donate to ensure All Together Now can carry on with their fantastic work.”
For PFA media enquiries contact PFA Media and Communications Manager Beau Busch on +61 (0) 432763485 or via [email protected]
For FFA media enquiries contact FFA Media Operations Manager Adam Mark on +61 (0) 409 390340 or via [email protected]
For All Together Now media enquiries contact Managing Director Priscilla Brice on +61 (0) 423180446 or via [email protected]
All Together Now will be taking part in Blog Action Day, which will be held on October 16. Blog Action Day brings together people from all across the world, so far there are 684 participants from 87 countries around the world, and counting.
Bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, photographers, graphic designers, cartoonish, data geeks, tumblers and social media types from all over the world take part in Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is an free annual event, that has run since 2007. It’s aim is to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds for not-for-profits associated to the theme issue.
All Together Now has decided to take part in this years Blog Action Day because this year’s theme is inequality.
All Together Now works to eliminate racial inequalities found in Australian society and culture. To work towards this goal we believe there are some key important steps that need to be undertaken. They are:
By taking part in Blog Action Day 2014 All Together Now is taking another step in ending racial inequality. All Together Now wishes to show solidarity with other bloggers and organisations that are working to end inequality in all forms, by participating in such an amazing and international initiative as Blog Action Day.
Please go to Blog Action Day to sign up your blog and show your solidarity in ending inequality in every sense!
The One Parramatta project is almost done and now we’d love to hear your opinions.
Come along and we’ll give you a night out with 2 movie tickets and $30 cash for parking and popcorn!
Whilst we’d love to hear from everyone, places are limited and we can only facilitate 9 people for each group. So if you’d like to attend please let us know by 5pm Tuesday 7 May. If you miss out on this round, don’t worry you can still fill in the survey and enter the draw to win movie tickets.
If you would like to participate, please consider the following:
We will send you a further details once we have selected our participants.
Thanks again for your involvement so far and we hope you can join us!
What: a fun and informal discussion
When: Thursday 9 May from 6-7pm and from 7-8pm
Where: central Parramatta (within easy walking distance of Parramatta train station)
Refreshments will be provided.
Come to share your opinions and receive 2 movie tickets and $30 cash!
I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the NSW Premier’s Harmony dinner this week (apparently it was a sell-out with a long waiting list!). It was a fantastic celebration of multiculturalism in NSW with many of the 700+ attendees opting to proudly wear their cultural dress rather than the more traditional black tie outfit.
Premier Barry O’Farrell, the NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello and Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO each gave really inspiring speeches about the history of multiculturalism in NSW and awarded individuals who have gone “above and beyond” to promote multiculturalism for everyone’s benefit.
In fact the Premier told us that “NSW has one of the most culturally-diverse communities in the world.”
Not only was there some outstanding entertainment and delicious food but it was a great opportunity to talk with new and old friends about our work and the potential for collaboration to make our antiracism campaigns even stronger.
I think it’s important that anti-racists celebrate multiculturalism and cultural diversity occasionally. Anti-racism work is often intense, emotional, and hard work and I know that sometimes when I’m particularly busy I don’t take the time to have celebrate and enjoy the benefits of anti-racism! So, I hope that if you’re an anti-racist near Sydney that you join me at next year’s dinner which I’ve been told will be even bigger and better!