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Blues host AMES and CMY

The Carlton Football Club has kicked off its celebrations for the AFL’s Multicultural Round by welcoming the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Adult Multicultural Education Service (AMES Australia) to Ikon Park. 

AMES Australia provides a range of comprehensive settlement support programs and services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers while CMY provides a combination of specialist support services to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home.

In an effort to combat social isolation for migrants and refugees, international students from CMY and recently arrived refugees and migrants from AMES Australia, were invited to the Blues’ home base where they were introduced to the game of AFL and taken on a tour of the team’s facilities ahead of the 2017 Multicultural Round.

At this weekend’s clash with the Cats, Carlton will recognise the work of AMES Australia throughout the community, by having them acknowledged as the Blues Foundation’s Community Champion for Round 19 and inviting those who visited the Club during the week to form the team’s guard of honour before the match. 

Fans attending the game can expect to see the hashtag #ManyCulturesOneGame written on the field as well as bilingual messaging painted on the 50m arc to recognise the various cultures that make up Australian football. In a display of harmony, the umpires at each match will wear orange wristbands with orange goal flags to be used in place of the traditional white flags. 

Carlton will take on Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night from 7:25pm. Be there to be a part of the 2017 Multicultural Round celebration, purchase your tickets here.

Wear orange at the ‘G!

Have you organised your orange, Bluebaggers? 

With the Blues set to buck tradition and pull on orange socks for the Club’s annual CARLTON RESPECTS game on Sunday, we’re urging everyone to sport their own touch of orange and join Carlton in its endeavour to promote gender equality for the prevention of violence against women.

Members and supporters are also invited to pledge their support for respect and equality by signing their names on the Club’s orange 3D monogram, located on the concourse between Gates 3 and 4, before the game.

The monogram, displayed at the Club during the week, was signed by both AFL and AFLW playing lists as well as club staff on Wednesday and will return to the reception foyer at Ikon Park with the signatures of the Carlton faith following Sunday’s match.  

Supported by Our Watch, CARLTON RESPECTS was developed in 2016 to educate students and the community about respect and equality using the platform of football. Through the Blues Foundation, CARLTON RESPECTS facilitates public conversation and takes action in relation to gender equality for the prevention of violence against women.  

Carlton will face the Western Bulldogs from 3:20pm on Sunday at the MCG. Purchase your tickets here.

Orange is the new navy blue

The Blues are set to turn orange this week ahead of the annual CARLTON RESPECTS game against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Sunday. 

CARLTON RESPECTS aims to take action in relation to gender equality for the prevention of violence against women, with the Blues to buck tradition and run out in striking orange socks, along with the traditional navy blue guernsey for the Round 17 clash.   

Supported by Our Watch, an organisation at the forefront of preventing violence against women, CARLTON RESPECTS has been developed to educate students about respect and equality using the platform of football.

A colour widely synonymous with harmony and respect, all facets of the football club, including AFL and AFLW players, as well as staff, will don some level of orange throughout the week to raise awareness of the Club’s community program. 

CEO Steven Trigg said the Club was passionate about making a positive change against the alarming statistics around violence against women in Australia.

“As a club, we strongly encourage the strengthening of positive, equal and respectful relationships. That one woman is killed almost every week by a current or former partner in Australia is totally unacceptable,” Trigg said.  

“Gender inequality is the core of the problem, yet it is also at the heart of the solution. We successfully launched the pilot of the CARLTON RESPECTS program last year and we want to ensure we continue to strive to be a genuine leader in equality and respect. 

“As a football club, we have a great platform for change and we understand that we have a role to play in educating and challenging gender stereotypes within our community.”

Recently, a number of Carlton’s AFL and AFLW players including Patrick Cripps and Brianna Davey, sat down to hear first-hand the story of Blues Foundation ambassador and 2017 Young Australian of the Year finalist Tarang Chawla, who tragically lost his younger sister as a victim of domestic violence. Click here to watch the powerful clip.

Launched in 2016, CARLTON RESPECTS falls under the Blues Foundation umbrella – the Club’s new charitable arm. In the 12 months since the launch of the program, the Club has undertaken a community education program promoting respectful relationships amongst youth in the northern corridor. 

Facilitated through community sessions at schools by the Club’s trained facilitators, CARLTON RESPECTS has been delivered to year seven and eight students in Melbourne’s northern corridor. The program addresses underlying determinants and risk factors to prevent gender-based violence and disrespect against women. 

There will be a number of supporter bays at the MCG filled with orange t-shirts on Sunday, with all Blues fans and members are encouraged to wear some form of orange to the game. Proceeds from ticket sales at Sunday’s match at the MCG will be donated to the Blues Foundation.

Blues brighten birthday celebration

Four Carlton players have helped to widen the smiles of hundreds of young children – at one very special birthday party.

Through the Carlton Football Club’s Blues Foundation – a foundation which aims to raise awareness for the prevention of violence against women and the prevention of social exclusion of young people – Darcy Vescio, Brianna Davey, Sam Rowe and Liam Jones flocked to Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday morning to join Fox Fm’s seventh birthday celebration for Logan Tier.

In the company of Captain Carlton and Navy Nina, the four Blues offered their colouring-in tips and a few handy handball pointers to ensure Logan’s seventh birthday was one he’d never forget.

The party was organised and hosted by breakfast radio personalities Fifi Box, Dave Thornton, Brendan Fevola and Byron Cooke, after Logan’s mother Bev told the program that her son – who suffers from spina bifida – had no one attend his sixth birthday party last year.

With the celebration uniting children and their parents who have experienced social exclusion, Carlton’s AFLW player Brianna Davey said the Blues were thrilled to be involved.

“We (Blues) place a big emphasis on including people and making sure everyone feels a sense of belonging,” Davey said after the event. 

“Today’s party for Logan was a massive driver in social inclusion and we love to be a part of events such as this where we can have a positive impact.”

Bid for Indigenous player guernseys

Bluebaggers, don’t miss your chance to own a match-worn 2017 Indigenous Guernsey!

The Carlton Football Club is auctioning each of the 22 limited-edition jumpers worn by the team during its clash against North Melbourne for Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, as well as all remaining player-issue guernseys.

Each guernsey will be signed by the respective player.

The 2017 Indigenous Guernsey honours Blues champion and dual premiership player Syd Jackson.
In conjunction with apparel partner Nike, the guernsey was designed by Indigenous artist Trevor Pickett and depicts the life and story of Jackson.

Click here to discover the significance behind the design

With all proceeds being donated to the Club’s Syd Jackson Scholarship, Carlton members and supporters are encouraged to bid on the guernsey worn by their favourite player.
The auction will close at 7am AEST on June 2.

Click here to bid

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