Big bikes ride against violence
White ribbon riders roll into Whanganui
Whanganui anti-violence organisations are calling for local men to stand up and join the White Ribbon Riders when they roll into Whanganui this Friday.
The White Ribbon Ride is part of November’s White Ribbon Campaign, raising awareness and support to end men’s violence towards women. This year, the campaign is focusing on getting men to stand up and get involved by taking The Pledge.
“White Ribbon wants men to take The Pledge, which means getting men taking real action. To take The Pledge online, men will have to choose between one of eight actions to listen, reflect, alter their behaviour, talk to others and disrupt negative behaviour — all of which build respectful behaviour that undermines violence,” says White Ribbon Manager Rob McCann.
The ride began in 2009 and now reaches more than 80 communities during November. It will pass through Whanganui on a ride that covers thousands of kilometres.
Anyone can join the ride providing they have a current licence, a warranted bike with a minimum engine size of 250cc and are willing to make the pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women. Local riders are also welcome.
The White Ribbon Ride will attend several events around Whanganui, including a visit to Keith Street School in the Photo: www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz morning, where riders will be welcomed with a haka, and an assembly where riders will address the students, before a shared kai and time outside with the bikes.
At midday riders will join the street parade, riding along Taupo¯ Quay and up Victoria Ave to Majestic Square where two riders will speak.
In the afternoon riders will go to Aberfeldy School where they will address the students.
White Ribbon Riders have regularly visited Whanganui for the annual White Ribbon March, riding their big machines at the back of the parade and parking them in a row in front of the stage at Majestic Square.
White Ribbon Riders took part in last year’s White Ribbon Parade.