Riding their message to students
Convoys of White Ribbon motorcycle riders were seen around New Zealand last week as part of White Ribbon Month.
The White Ribbon Ride is an initiative tackling this country’s crippling domestic violence record.
The riders visit schools and attend functions across the country to bring their anti-violence message.
The week-long motorcycle tour happens every November during White Ribbon Month, and riders say it is a powerful and inspirational voyage for all involved.
A lead group of riders steer convoys through towns throughout New Zealand, picking up support riders in every region along the way.
On Tuesday, November 20 it was the turn of Tauhara College to experience this powerful and unique presentation, led by Aaron Morrison.
He introduced his ‘class of 2018’ to the students and engaged with the youngsters to bring their message on how they can be respectful and have healthy relationships.
Violence destroys families, sets our children on a destructive journey and affects one in three women, he told the students.
Aaron looked directly to the young men and told them it was their job to step up and learn to be good leaders without resorting to bullying or violence.
Rider Tony Brooking spoke about the class of 2018, saying everyone had a background.
“We all made a mistake,” he said.
“We’re here today to fix it.” The White Ribbon Ride was just one of a number of initiatives communities to emphasise the ‘It’s Not OK’ message as New Zealand looks to tackle its poor record of domestic violence and bullying.
White Ribbon Ride leader Aaron Morrison introduces his ‘class’ of 2018 to the students of Tauhara College.
Tauhara College students engaging with White Ribbon riders.
Special waiata from White Ribbon riders to students and staff of Tauhara College.