I was honoured to attend the Unity Cup at Rumbalara Football and Netball Club on Saturday, 8 August.
The ninth annual event brought together Rumbalara and Congupna football and netball players, supporters, Aboriginal elders, aunties, sisters, mothers, grandmothers and female representatives.
Each year the Unity Cup honours the significance of women and their impact on creating strong families and communities. The men formed a guard of honour on the ground as about 100 women joined together for the Women's Walk of Solidarity, a mark of respect for the role of women in the community.
I joined Victorian Governor Linda Dessau on the walk, a truly meaningful event for everyone involved. I would like to congratulate Paul Briggs and Debbie McColl, presidents of the clubs involved, for their continued leadership and hard work on this event and throughout the year. Governor Dessau is now Rumbalara club patron and no. 1 ticketholder, and I look forward to her continued involvement in the club and the wider region.