Waitomo News : 20-November-2014
WAITOMO NEWS Thursday, November 20, 2014 7 There are always alternatives to violence. White Ribbon Day Taking a stand against family violence – a Waitomo News special feature Family violence it’s NOT ok in the WAITOMO DISTRICT Agencies working with our community Together we can make a difference Maniapoto Family Violence Intervention Group Family violence it’s never ok. Rora St, Te Kuiti t 07 878 8270 NAHNA & CO FRUITERERS WHITE Ribbon Campaign motorcyclists are rid- ing from Northland to Gore this month, aiming to stop violence against women in their communities. The ride, now in its sixth year, is still growing with visits to more than 60 communities. This year that includes Otorohanga. The riders are participating in more than 80 events delivering anti-violence messages encourag- ing men to take the White Ribbon Pledge – to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women. Men from all over the country join the core group of riders to show they do not condone violence in our communities and on Monday, North King Country riders can join up at Kio Kio School and ride into Otorohanga. Campaign manager Rob McCann says many of the riders have lived with violence and this expe- rience enables them to connect with men from all walks of life. “Not every rider has experienced violence, but for those of us who have, we know just how damaging it is,” says White Ribbon Rider Aaron Morrison. “Violence can destroy your family and the rela- tionship you have with your partner and children. “As men we shouldn’t ever allow violence into our homes. “I’ve met children who are violent because they They’re on their way mimic their parents; grandparents who are violent and still passing on those at- titudes to the whole family, and parents who haven’t worked out that their actions are shaping the lives of their mokopuna.” He says walking away from violence is not easy, but it is possible, and that if your mates support you that can make all the difference. “That’s why we want men to join us on the ride. All you need is a bike that’s 250cc or more and you can ride locally or join us for longer. There’s no alcohol on this ride – it’s about the kaupapa and the dif- ference men can make to ending violence. “As men and as White Ribbon Riders, we have a role to play influencing other men. And we need public support to do that. “Come and ride with us and show that Kiwi men do not accept violence.” The White Ribbon Ride is in Otoro- hanga on Monday and in Te Awamutu on White Ribbon Day – Tuesday, November 25. The ride then heads to Hamilton end- ing in Auckland on Saturday, November 29. NOT EASY: White Ribbon rider Aaron Morrison says walking away from violence is not easy, but it is possible and if mates are supportive it can make all the difference. PHOTO SUPPLIED PROTECTING OUR KIDS IS EVERYTHING! PROTECTING OUR KIDS IS EVERYTHING!