White Ribbon Riders share their anti-violence message
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.