Big bikes ride against vi­o­lence

White rib­bon rid­ers roll into Whanganui

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

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.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS.

White Rib­bon Rid­ers took part in last year’s White Rib­bon Pa­rade.

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