Col braves rain in White Rib­bon ride

Te Puke Times - - News -

Te Puke’s Col Gar­diner made a solo ride to Kaw­erau but came back with plenty of mates on the White Rib­bon Ride.

Around 35 bikes rode into Te Puke and stopped for sausages, cof­fee and a catch up with sup­port­ers of Te Puke’s It’s Not OK cam­paign. They were due to head to Mount Maun­ganui to an event that had to be can­celled due to the bad weather.

Col says rid­ing con­di­tions weren’t par­tic­u­larly pleas­ant, but it was worth­while for the White Rib­bon cause.

“The only thing that will get me out of bed when it’s rain­ing is kau­papa — un­less it’s kau­pa­padriven, I ain’t go­ing to ride in the rain,” he says.

The White Rib­bon Ride hap­pens ev­ery Novem­ber to co­in­cide with White Rib­bon month which has the goal of in­creas­ing aware­ness of and re­duc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“We’ve got to con­tinue to do that, to turn up and front up and speak up be­cause if we don’t then it just gets worse.”

Col’s in­volve­ment in the White Rib­bon move­ment came as a re­sult of his mem­ber­ship of the Pa­tri­ots De­fence Force Mo­tor­cy­cle Club which sup­ports the White Rib­bon rides.

“I’ve been a sup­port rider with them for about three years now,” says Col.

He says he was happy with the way things went at the Te Puke stop-off.

“Some of the lo­cals didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing and were a bit over­whelmed by all th­ese bik­ers — but what did hap­pen was we con­nected with It’s Not OK which has a sim­i­lar kau­papa.

“We can be do­ing all this good stuff but ev­ery now and then we just need to con­nect with each other and that’s what hap­pened.

“There’s noth­ing like stop­ping and hav­ing a cof­fee and say­ing to each other ‘you’re do­ing a good job’.”

PHOTOS / STEPHEN FAWCETT

White Rib­bon rid­ers on their way through Te Puke.

Col Gar­diner at the White Rib­bon Ride’s Te Puke stop off.

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