Rid­ers de­liver key mes­sage

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

The com­pelling White Rib­bon mes­sage was sent loud and clear to Toko­roa High School stu­dents on Mon­day when rid­ers from all over the coun­try stood be­fore the young au­di­ence and told of their do­mes­tic vi­o­lence en­coun­ters.

Tales from abuse vic­tims and for­mer abusers to a fa­ther whose daugh­ter was beaten be­fore even­tu­ally killing her­self fell on the ears of the stu­dents.

The mes­sage through it all? It is time for our young men to stand up against fam­ily vi­o­lence.

And that same mes­sage is be­ing told through­out the South Waikato this week with small re­minders ev­ery­where you go in­clud­ing on Col­son’s Hill. A gi­ant rib­bon will dec­o­rate the Toko­roa land­mark un­til Mon­day. The con­cept was driven by NZ Po­lice, Pop­u­la­tion Health and SWIPCS.

‘‘Fam­ily vi­o­lence isn’t just about the phys­i­cal stuff, the bruises. It is about another per­son con­trol­ling and in­tim­i­dat­ing you,’’ health pro­moter Lindie Smith said.

GOOD CAUSE: White Rib­bons rid­ers en­joy the hos­pi­tal­ity of Toko­roa High School stu­dents.

IN­SPIRED: Ju­dith Teao Tearoa gets up close to the one of the bikes and its rider.

STRONG MES­SAGE: White Rib­bon rid­ers and their fam­i­lies make an im­pact on the young Toko­roa High School au­di­ence as they tell their sto­ries of do­mes­tic abuse.

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