Riders bring anti-violence message
‘‘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.