RATS rid­ing against teen sui­cide

Bik­ers plan­ning to ride through re­gion to raise aware­ness of help avail­able to pre­vent teen death

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By JA­NINE BAALBERGEN

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

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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.

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