Community change at the football

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Arman (black jacket) and Tod (blue t-shirt) setting up at the start of the night

Last night I went to a very moving event at the Port Noarlunga Football Club. Regular readers of this blog (and I mean really regular) might recall an article from September 2013 (!!) about the White Ribbon Round of Football initiated by the club. https://elizabethbecker1.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/the-white-ribbon-round/ PNFC has an impressive record of social responsibility, partly due to the work of Tod Stokes, and the support of the administration and management of the club. They have a social welfare program at the club called Club Connect, which provides support and assistance, education and opportunities for club members to address a range of social issues. At last night’s event they had a guest speaker, Arman Abrahimzadeh, who spoke very movingly about his experiences of domestic violence and of his mother who was killed through that violence. There was much pain in the telling and the hearing, but I was so impressed by how many people, and how many players at the club, were there for the event. The questions asked afterwards were thoughtful and respectful, and the feeling in the room was very focussed and attentive. It was fantastic to see men working towards change in this way – young and not so young, educating themselves, talking together, listening and thinking about these very difficult issues. As a woman, it was of course difficult to hear the story, but it was a relief also to witness this work being done in the clubrooms of a suburban footy club, and to sense that this is a way that real change can come. Here is a link to information about the club: http://www.pnfc.org.au/club/index A foundation has recently been set up in the name of Arman’s mum Zahra. Here is a link to information about it: http://zahrafoundation.org.au/

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5 Responses to Community change at the football

  1. pam says:

    only true men play footy (not soccer lol ) see you no were my loyalty is but any way good on u footy boys you are truly men and u should be so proud all my 6 boys played footy and it has been good for them and even with my own experiences not just for men but for woman it is so rewording to say or do nothing just to walk away if u can jake and I were in a shop getting the mobile fixed we came back to get it to this little guy behind the counter be held by his choler being yield at the big guy saw jake and my self so he let him go but kept yelling by now people were all looking so we waited for a few mins to see if any one else was going to do same think and then I said excuse me is my phone ready the guy said no and said I could came back tomorrow I said its fine I would wait with that the bully left but by now the sercuerty guy and a lot of others were there so I said I would came back tomorrow witch I did the litte guy was so thankful for what we did and he said he was scare and so was jake but as I said to jake there is I fine line when we should interfere and when we should walk away

    • Hi Pam,
      What an amazing experience – were you scared??? What a powerful thing it is to be a witness to someone else’s difficulties – not ‘doing’ anything but on the other hand doing a lot, just by standing there, watching and keeping your ground. It is nonviolence in action. Bravo Pam and thank you for what you did for a more peaceful world right then.

  2. Mandy says:

    Thank You to all involved.

  3. pam smith says:

    mandy mwa x x x x x x x x o o o o o o o o o just because I can thinking off u

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