The Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) has a proud history of being involved with a number of community based organisations and charities, including support of the White Ribbon Campaign, and partnership with Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
The partnership between SUFC and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse began in 2012 and has grown in strength with each year, and each Lifehouse rugby match.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a world-class integrated cancer hospital and research facility working to make things easier for people living with cancer, their carers and their families. Every year SUFC holds a special ‘Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Day’ at a Sydney University home game. On this day our players leave their ‘blue and gold’ at home and don their finest green socks in support of the outstanding work of the late Professor Chris O’Brien, and of the Lifehouse team.
From the turning of the first sod in 2009, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has grown to become a fully operational cancer hospital, treating public and private patients and providing all aspects of clinical treatment for cancer, cancer-related surgery, education, research, complementary therapies and emotional support services in one place.
“Sydney University is a key research partner of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and as such it is very fitting that SUFC have chosen to support us and our work to transform the treatment of cancer in Australia by bringing together all elements of cancer research, treatment, care and support within one centre of excellence,” said Eileen Hannagan, CEO of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
“Our sincere thanks to the Sydney University Football Club for choosing to support our organisation. We know that Chris would be delighted about the partnership, given his lifelong association with Sydney University and his love of the game of rugby union.”
“Chris O’Brien was a man of leadership, vision and courage,” said Former SUFC President, David Mortimer AO. “He inspired people, both through his work as a cancer specialist and through his own personal battle. Much like the Sydney University Football Club, Chris always strived for excellence and leading-edge best practice. To me, our Club’s partnership with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is the perfect union.”
White Ribbon Australia
White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
The White Ribbon Cup was established by the Inner West Domestic Violence Liaison Committee with West Harbour Rugby Union and Sydney University Rugby Union in 2011, and is played annually between West Harbour Rugby Union and Sydney University Rugby Union 1st Grade. It is a vehicle for players, coaches, managers and supporters to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign, and to also take the White Ribbon Oath, swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence call 1800 RESPECT for advice or support. In an emergency, call 000