Rid­ing their mes­sage to stu­dents

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Dean Tay­lor

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.

Pho­tos / Dean Tay­lor

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.

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