White Rib­bon Riders share their anti-violence mes­sage

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - TERESA HAT­TAN

Their mo­tor­cy­cle tours have be­come leg­endary around New Zealand and on Mon­day, the White Rib­bon Riders were in Mata­mata.

A small rid­ing tour were greeted at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate through a guard of hon­our be­fore go­ing on to share their mes­sage at a spe­cial as­sem­bly.

The group were wel­comed by Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes. ‘‘You make a pow­er­ful state­ment against fam­ily violence,’’ she said of the White Rib­bon Riders.

Lo­cal anti-violence cam­paigner David White, who lost his daugh­ter He­len Meads at the hands of her hus­band, was amongst the riders at the school.

He urged the stu­dents to live their whole lives un­der the prin­ci­ples of the three C’s taught at the school: con­sid­er­a­tion, com­mon­sense and cour­tesy. ‘‘I don’t want any of you to end up in our sit­u­a­tion,’’ he said.

Rider ‘‘Lit­tle Will’’ said the group do the things that need to be done. ‘‘We en­sure peo­ple know what the white rib­bon is all about. We’re here for a rea­son.’’

A ded­i­cated group of Look Up Look For­ward mem­bers were also do­ing their part to share an an­tiv­i­o­lence mes­sage. The group were out very early on Mon­day morn­ing ty­ing up white and black bal­loons in the CBD.

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