Wheaton Baseball to Host Annual White Ribbon Campaign Fundraiser
Campaign a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
The Wheaton College baseball team will play its annual White Ribbon Campaign game on Sunday, April 15 when the No. 6 ranked Lyons host Southern Maine at 1 p.m. at Sidell Stadium.
The Lyons will run a These Hands Don’t Hurt program in Balfour Hood this week, where members of the Wheaton community will be able to stamp their hands on a large sheet to signify their pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent on violence against women and children.
On Sunday, a booth will be set up at Sidell to accept donations for the organization, and the same wrist bands worn by the players and umpires will also be sold. A portion of the monies raised from donations, wristband sales, and concessions from The Dawg House will go towards the New Hope shelter in Attleboro, Mass. Following the game, the Lyons will host a free clinic for players and coaches from Norton Youth Baseball.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women.
The campaign began in 1991, when a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to violence against women. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, “Our future has no violence against women.”
For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign visit www.whiteribbon.ca.