McVicar to speak at RSA
Garth McVicar of the Sensible Sentencing Trust is undertaking a New Zealand wide ‘Tour of Duty’, which includes a stop at Matamata’s RSA.
He has been to the area before and said the tour was his way of thanking the public for their support since the trust started.
‘‘I will be talking about what we have achieved and what we hope to achieve,’’ he said.
The group has helped force changes through sentence and bail reforms.
He also knew that to be an efficient lobby group they couldn’t just talk to politicians but also had to get out and talk to the public.
As part of the trust’s 18 month cam- paign on exposing and reducing the horrific level of sexual abuse of children, which the group was now focusing on, McVicar will talk on June 15 at 5.30pm.
He said he was quite ‘‘green’’ about how much of a problem this was in New Zealand until victims started approaching the trust for help.
Garth and Anne McVicar established the trust in 2001 as a response to their concerns about escalating violent crime and deteriorating social standards.
The Trust was named 2006 Trust of the year. In 2008 Rotary honoured Garth with the Paul Harris Fellowship award and he was also awarded Toastmaster of the year. More recently Garth was a finalist for New Zealander of the year and named as one of the most influential people in the country.