Carlton AFLW players will wear orange socks this weekend as part of thier Carlton Respects initiatives. Image: www.carltonrespects.com.au

When Carlton run out on the weekend against Richmond, there will be more than just 4 points at stake.

Carlton’s clash against the Tigers on Saturday marks the 4th annual Carlton respects match.

The game changers will this week be swapping their navy-blue socks for orange ones to raise awareness for one of Carlton’s biggest community causes, Carlton Respects.   

AFLW fans will also notice that there is orange on the sleeves of the club’s AFLW training singlet and that is because orange is the international colour of Harmony.

Carlton CEO Cain Liddle spoke to Carlton media recently about the match this weekend

“It is a proud moment for our entire football club when our AFLW and AFL sides run out in the orange socks. This cause has become part of who we are as a club, raising awareness of an issue that has become so important for us.” Liddle said.

What is Carlton Respects?

The community organization was established in 2016 and works in partnership with Our Watch, Latrobe University, and the Carlton Football Club to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women.

Carlton Respects does great work in the community to promote gender equality, by running programs in schools and holding charters in workplaces.  

On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a current or a former partner. During 2020 over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase of 200-300 calls a day to the safe step crisis line.

It’s an alarming and horrifying statistic.

“It is more than just a two-game commitment though. The work of Carlton Respects has continued every day and every week for nearly six years now and will continue as long as domestic violence has such a devastating effect on our society.”

Carlton encourages all fans who attend Saturday’s match at Ikon Park to wear a touch of orange and pull thier socks up to support a fantastic cause.

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