Locals can join in White Ribbon ride
The White Ribbon antiviolence riders are asking local motorcyclists to lead the annual ride into Matamata and show their support for ending violence in their own communities.
The November White Ribbon Campaign aims to end men’s violence towards women.
As part of the campaign, a White Ribbon Motorcycle Ride has been organised for the last five years in the North Island to high- light the anti-violence messages and speak directly to men in local communities.
Anyone can join the ride providing their bike has a current warrant of fitness, a minimum engine size of 250cc and they are willing to make the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.
‘‘ Most men aren’t violent,’’ said Patriot leader and White Ribbon Rider, Aaron Morrison. ‘‘However, most violence against women is perpetrated by men.’’
Every year, about 14 women are killed, and more than 3500 convictions are recorded against men each year for assault on women.
Ready to ride: Matamata White Ribbon ambassador David White will once again take part in the White Ribbon Motorcycle Ride.