Race against home vi­o­lence

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A na­tional anti-do­mes­tic abuse char­ity is urg­ing Waikato lo­cals to take on The Tani­wha in sup­port of mak­ing homes vi­o­lence free in New Zealand.

Shine is chal­leng­ing teams of two to four peo­ple to take a jour­ney along the newly com­pleted Waikato River Trails, ei­ther on foot or on a moun­tain bike as a fundraiser.

‘‘There’s a bunch of dif­fer­ent dis­tance op­tions, so feel free to bite off as much as you think you can chew, then chal­lenge your lo­cal com­peti­tor or friend to join the rally for a bit of friendly com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Shine’s Holly Car­ring­ton said. One in three women ex­pe­ri­ence do­mes­tic abuse by an in­ti­mate part­ner dur­ing their life­time, and of­ten they are too afraid to ask for help and they are pushed to their lim­its be­com­ing both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally ex­hausted.

‘‘Shine pro­vides a range of ser­vices to keep vic­tims safe, prefer­ably in their in home through our safe@home ser­vice which only costs $3700 to make a fam­ily safe,’’ Shine ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jane Drumm said.

The Tani­wha will be held on Novem­ber 10.

‘‘ We are

sim­ply

ask­ing par­tic­i­pants to push their lim­its and raise as much money as they can to sup­port vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse while rais­ing aware­ness that there are ser­vice out there to help them be­come safer,’’ Ms Car­ring­ton said.

In­di­vid­u­als are en­cour­aged to sign up to Shine’s Ev­ery­day hero page and then email their unique web­page link to friends, fam­ily and col­leagues so they can start bring­ing in funds and make a huge dif­fer­ence to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.thetani­wha.co.nz.

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