White Rib­bon ride to spread mes­sage

Ruapehu Press - - High School Awards - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Rid­ers tak­ing a stand against vi­o­lence will con­verge on Tau­marunui to share their kau­papa with the com­mu­nity.

The White Rib­bon Ride will be held at Tau­marunui Pri­mary School on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18 start­ing at 2pm.

Ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to come out and sup­port White Rib­bon day by bring­ing along a plas­tic bag.

The bags will be tied to­gether to form a large white rib­bon and a com­mu­nity photo will be taken by a drone.

Up to 50 bik­ers will be es­corted by Po­lice into town rid­ing a cir­cuit with lo­cal Ulysses rid­ers down Haki­aha St, River Rd, Kata­rina St and back onto Haki­aha St, to­wards the school.

Or­gan­iser, Hi­raina Tarawa said it was im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tion, that vi­o­lence is not ok.

‘‘I think it starts the con­ver­sa­tion amongst whanau and the com­mu­nity about how we in­ter­act with each other, how we re­act to each other and how best we do that in a lov­ing man­ner and even just to ques­tion our­selves how do we com­mu­ni­cate to­gether.’’

An in­vi­ta­tion has been ex­tended to any­one who is in­ter­ested in hir­ing a stall, at a cost of $5.They can con­tact REAP.

Money raised from the com­mu­nity bar­be­cue and stalls will be do­nated to White Rib­bon.

The rid­ers will stay overnight at Morero Marae and served din­ner at the War Memo­rial Hall.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a nice, light­hearted event for the com­mu­nity, a whanau day where we can all come to­gether but to ac­knowl­edge the kau­papa of the day as well and to con­tinue those con­ver­sa­tions.’’

Fam­ily Vi­o­lence co-or­di­na­tor, Gabrielle Quirke has been work­ing with fam­i­lies in the dis­trict for 12 years.

She said there were 570 re­ported in­ci­dents last year and they worked closely with re­cur­ring cases.

‘‘You al­ways hear about the am­bu­lance at the bot­tom of the cliff, hope­fully we’re mov­ing up a lit­tle bit fur­ther.’’

Quirke said there are suc­cess sto­ries and peo­ple can turn their lives around.

‘‘No prob­lem’s too big and if peo­ple are be­ing hon­est about it then we can get them the right help, there’s no point putting a Band-aid on what might be a bro­ken leg.’’

Any­one need­ing help can con­tact the Tau­marunui Po­lice and ask to be put through to the team on 8958119.

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