Move in May
On Sunday 22 May, the starting gun will fire on the inaugural Move in May. The 4-8km walk/run will take off around The Tan in Melbourne to promote inclusivity and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) community in sport – and in life. CGU is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the event.
Move in May is an initiative of Stand Up Events, an organisation that delivers educational programs through workplaces and sporting groups to address the underrepresentation of LGBTIQ people in most of today’s professional sporting codes.
Growing up in a very successful sporting family, founder Angie Green began work on this initiative in response to the discrimination she witnessed in the mainstream sporting culture around her. Angie’s eldest brother Steve Greene played for the Hawthorn Football Club, her father Russell Greene is a three-time premiership Hawthorn player and her Grandfather Frank Sedgman won 22 tennis grand slams during his career. With three generations of sporting elite in her family, Angie is uniquely placed. Angie also has a gay brother who has openly stated that he never wanted to participate in team sports due to his sexuality. Despite the success around him, the homophobic language and behaviour displayed in teams meant that he only ever participated in individual sports.
Angie created Stand Up events after looking to Australia’s major sporting codes and finding them lacking in proactive activity aimed at making sport more inclusive for the LGBTIQ community.
CGU’s decision to get involved in Move in May was an important one for our people, our business partners and our customers. As part of IAG, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace where individual differences are valued and harnessed, and the potential of our people is maximised.
Diversity and inclusion are hot topics in today’s corporate world. We know that for businesses to survive, we need the diversity of thought that comes from demographics such as gender, age, ethnicity and sexuality, as well as differences in communication styles, learning and personal styles and values.
The value of a diverse workforce is backed-up by numerous studies - the Harvard Business Review recently found that companies with a diverse workforce and leadership, and which were also inclusive, were 45% more likely to report an increased market share and 70% likelier to have captured a new market.
Inclusion unlocks the value of diversity and breaks down barriers to full participation. At IAG, we are running an Inclusive Leadership program throughout our organisation to help our people build the mindsets and skill sets required to be inclusive and unlock the value of diverse teams.
CGU’s support of Move in May is another way we are demonstrating our commitment to inclusion through actions not just words.
One year ago, Stand Up Events did not exist. In a short time, Angie and her team have started a movement that has harnessed the support of some most high profile talent. Board members include sports journalist Samantha Lane and Hawthorn player Matt Spangher. Ambassadors include, ex- Eagles and Carlton player Chris Judd, music legend Molly Meldrum, Essendon player’s Brendon Goddard, Richmond’s Trent Cotchin, Collingwood’s Tyson Goldsack, Neighbours star Olympia Valance and Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich along with 20 other champions in their fields. Other sponsors include Jayco, Grill'd, Red Bull, Jaggad, Five Creative, Oliver and York and LendLease.
Stand Up Events has tapped into the desire of many who want to be part of the change, and who now have a platform to do so publically.
On Sunday 22 May, there will be almost 200 people from IAG walking or running in support of equality for themselves, their colleagues, their friends and family. Join us in standing up for equality and Move in May: http://standupevents.com.au/move-in-may/
Sunday 22 May
4km and 8km walk or run
The Tan, Botanic Gardens,
Melbourne 12pm start Tickets $55 each