Pro­mot­ing the pledge

Men vow to keep women safe

Newslink - - NEWS - By NI­COLE SHARP

The White Rib­bon ride will ar­rive in Gore tomorrow as part of the White rib­bon cam­paign that urges men to take the pledge to never com­mit, con­done or re­main silent about vi­o­lence to women. Long­ford In­ter­me­di­ate is host­ing the event with the four rid­ers trav­el­ling down the South Is­land to ar­rive at noon. While rider num­bers were down this year, the men de­cided to con­tinue with the ride so it could raise aware­ness for the cam­paign. Gore Women’s Refuge man­ager Cather­ine Mur­phy said the cam­paign was about men say­ing they were not go­ing to keep quiet if they heard of any vi­o­lence hap­pen­ing. More im­pact was made when men said they did not want men to be vi­o­lent, she said. Each year rid­ers tak­ing part sign a big wooden white rib­bon that the refuge holds to re­mem­ber those who had taken the pledge. Gore dis­trict mayor Tracy Hicks was one Gore man to take the pledge and he en­cour­aged fel­low Gore men to do the same. ‘‘I urge ev­ery­one to take the pledge, if we all take re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­duce the ap­palling lev­els of vi­o­lence in our so­ci­ety, we can and we will make a dif­fer­ence,’’ Mr Hicks said. He said the sta­tis­tics were aw­ful. ‘‘One in three women in New Zealand will ex­pe­ri­ence part­ner vi­o­lence at some stage in their lives and on av­er­age 14 women are killed each year by their part­ners or ex-part­ners’’. Rid­ers will leave for Bal­clutha about 1pm and Gore peo­ple were en­cour­aged to join the ride. Peo­ple are in­vited to at­tend the event tomorrow at Long­ford In­ter­me­di­ate. White Rib­bon day is recog­nised on Novem­ber 25.

Photo: NI­COLE SHARP / FAIR­FAX NZ 628647495

Pre­pared: Gore Women’s Refuge man­ager Cather­ine Mur­phy and

Com­mu­nity Net­work­ing Trust man­ager Robyn Mor­ris are ready for the White Rib­bon ride ar­riv­ing in Gore tomorrow as part of the White Rib­bon

Day cam­paign that runs na­tion­wide on Mon­day.

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