Rid­ing for daugh­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

It’s been 48 years since David White hooned around on a mo­tor­bike, but when the op­por­tu­nity for him to take part in the White Rib­bon Ride came up, he just couldn’t re­sist.

‘‘ I talked to my mate Clive about it and told him I was in­ter­ested in driv­ing a truck dur­ing the ride. He told me I should be rid­ing a bike and that I could bor­row his one,’’ Mr White said.

‘‘I got on it and ended up in the pad­dock.

‘‘It’s got a 1400cc mo­tor so she’s quite pow­er­ful, my first gear changes were a bit bloody rough.’’

The White Rib­bon takes place from Novem­ber 19 to 26 and is a chance for men who ride mo­tor­bikes to come to­gether and sup­port stop­ping vi­o­lence against women.

There are a num­ber of groups who take part in­clud­ing the Pa­tri­ots De­fence Force Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, the Su­per Maori Ful­las and Te Ahi Kikoha.

A num­ber of White Rib­bon riders will roll into Mata­mata on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24 and this is where Mr White in­tends to join in. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are more than wel­come to at­tend this event at Rail­side by the Green from 9.30am un­til 11am.

There is usu­ally not a dry eye in the house when the guys who take part in the White Rib­bon Ride share their sto­ries, Mr White said.

‘‘These are brave men who don’t have a prob­lem stand­ing up and talk­ing about some­thing be­lieve in with a pas­sion.’’

Mr White has ded­i­cated his time to the White Rib­bon cam­paign and Women’s Refuge fol­low­ing the death of his daugh­ter He­len Meads who was mur­dered by her hus­band.

Just a cou­ple of weeks ago he spoke at the na­tional Women’s

they Refuge con­fer­ence in Blen­heim.

‘‘If you don’t stand up and say some­thing, noth­ing is go­ing to change,’’ he said.

He has had of­fers from around the coun­try to speak at events and con­fer­ences and said he will keep talk­ing as long as peo­ple are pre­pared to lis­ten.

‘‘This is some­thing I have to do.’’

Ready to roll: David White is look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the White Rib­bon Ride.

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