Riders deliver key message
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.