‘Not on’ mes­sage is well aired

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa peo­ple were treated to a bar­bie, choco­lates, bal­loons and fake tat­toos at the an­nual White Rib­bon Day last Thurs­day.

The day is about shed­ding light and gath­er­ing sup­port against vi­o­lence to­wards women.

TCOSS, Liv­ing with­out Vi­o­lence Trust, Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and the Po­lice or­gan­ised the fes­tiv­i­ties by the Toko­roa Post of­fice.

Toko­roa singers Hama McCaskill and Lisa Mid­dle­miss per­formed a num­ber of New Zealand hits to en­ter­tain the crowd.

For­mer South Waikato District mayor Gor­don Blake lent his cook­ing skills to the com­mu­nity groups hand­ing out hun­dreds of sausages.

Com­mu­nity con­sta­ble, Mar­ian Sher­wood said the day was fan­tas­tic.

‘‘ We have had so many peo­ple come up to see what’s go­ing on; we’ve been able to share the mes­sage that vi­o­lence against women is not on.’’

The fes­tiv­i­ties shifted to Lake Moananui where there was an or­gan­ised walk around the lake. More than 100 peo­ple took part in­clud­ing Labour MPs Sue Moroney and Stu­art Nash who were in Toko­roa for a South Waikato Grey Power meet­ing.

SAUSAGE SIZ­ZLE: For­mer South Waikato District mayor Gor­don Blake manned the bar­be­cue on White Rib­bon Day

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