RATS riding against teen suicide
Bikers planning to ride through region to raise awareness of help available to prevent teen death
Horowhenua Tribal Nations motorbike enthusiasts are gearing up for another RATS (Riders Against Teen Suicide) ride on October 21 and they are hoping many other bikers and classic car enthusiasts will join them.
“We have all been touched by teen suicide,” said Tribal Nations Horowhenua member Jaymie McGregor-Bergerson. “We’ve been raising awareness that there is help out there for them for a while now but when it happens in your own family, and you have no idea something’s going on with someone until it is too late, it rips you apart,” she said.
Tribal Nations has its roots in
Nga¯ ruawa¯ hia in the Waikato and is open to all who love motorbikes.
“Our members come from all walks of life and want to ride together, bring positive vibes to their communities and support teen suicide prevention.” Tribal Nations not only ride to create awareness around help for teen suicide victims but out of respect for soldiers in their Ride for Respect.
Family, acceptance, integrity, trust and honesty are the base values of Tribal Nations as well as kotahitanga (unity and peace) and manaakitanga (humility and respect).
RATS is open to all motorcycle riders, with a free sausage sizzle and drinks. Registration opens at 8.45am at Cobb and Co, 135 Oxford Street, Levin. There will be a briefing for all participants at 10am.
The ride begins at 11am. They will head south first, stop at O¯ taki, then on to Waikanae and Raumati where they will have lunch at the Boundary Bar. Ka¯ piti Mayor K Gurunathan will speak to the riders during their lunch stop. Afterwards they head back to Horowhenua, Shannon first, then Foxton, with short stops for karakia for those who have lost their lives to suicide.
The final stop is the carpark at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po¯ in Levin, where there will be more speakers and stalls. They are hoping the classic car owners will join them there. The event is expected to finish around 3pm. Proceeds of the ride, from the $15 entry fee for each motorbike, will stay in Horowhenua, said local founder Trevor Pouwhare.
“Our chosen charity is Life to the Max.”
‘We’ve been raising awareness that there is help out there for them for a while now but when it happens in your own family, and you have no idea something’s going on with someone until it is too late, apart.’ it rips you — Jaymie Mcgregor-Bergerson, Tribal Nations Horowhenua member
Trevor Pouwhare, Jaymie McGregorBergerson, and Gordon Gregory of Tribal Nations Horowhenua are keen for other motorbike riders to join them on October 21 for their annual RATS ride. As Riders Against Teen Suicide (RATS) they aim to raise awareness that there is help for teens struggling with low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.