Rid­ers bring anti-vi­o­lence mes­sage

Matamata Chronicle - - Classified - By NI­COLA STEWART

‘‘I prom­ise never to com­mit, con­done or re­main silent about vi­o­lence to­wards women.’’

This sim­ple pledge is what the White Rib­bon Ride rep­re­sents and the mes­sage rid­ers passed on to Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents on Fri­day.

A po­lice es­cort led the ride into the school, fol­lowed by teacher and Pa­tri­ots De­fence Force Mo­tor­cy­cle Club rider Gary Crocker.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing to come into the school to share this with the kids,’’ he said.

The rid­ers spoke to the stu­dents about the im­por­tance of speak­ing up about vi­o­lence to­wards women and lo­cal David White shared the story of his daugh­ter He­len, who was mur­dered by her hus­band in 2009.

Cam­bridge rider Pat Lam­bert said the aim was to pro­mote the mes­sage and to teach the next gen­er­a­tion that fam­ily vi­o­lence is not OK.

The White Rib­bon Ride started in Ro­torua last Sun­day and had since vis­ited Taupo, Tau­marunui, Levin, Wellington and Porirua.

From Mata­mata, some of the rid­ers were head­ing north and planned to fin­ish the ride at Bream Bay.

Wel­come: Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents lined up on the field to meet the rid­ers.

Strong mes­sage: Mem­bers of the ride talk to Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents about the White Rib­bon pledge.

Back up: Po­lice lead the White Rib­bon Ride onto the field at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate.

Im­por­tant mes­sage: White Rib­bon rider Pat Lam­bert, from Cam­bridge, was proud to wear the pledge on his back.

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