Pull weight taking stand over domestic violence

IT was a powerful display of solidarity as hundreds came together to take a stand against domestic violence at the council’s annual Tug O’ War Cup last week.

Muscles bulged and teeth were gritted as more than 30 teams, including representatives from the council, local businesses, emergency services and schools, took to the rope to battle it out for the cup.
Mayor Bilal El-Hayek said it was a day of fun, but the message was clear – that Canterbury Bankstown says ‘no’ to domestic violence and ‘yes’ to healthy relationships.
“It’s shameful to learn that since my Domestic Violence Summit, we have continued to see women and some men fall victim to abuse,” Mayor El-Hayek said.
“Getting so many people together to show their opposition to domestic violence, was a great way to start the discussion on how we can work together to stamp out domestic violence.”
Condell Park High School took out Sir Joseph Banks High School for the school’s division title, winning the cup for the fifth year in a row.
The team’s supervising teacher, Joel Smith, said the kids really enjoyed the event and took away a great sense of camaraderie.
Scope Australia’s team ‘SLESos’ took out Bravo Special Ops for the men’s division title, while the CBCity Wrecking Balls knocked down Bankstown Police for the mixed division win.