Bikers ride against violence

Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012
Ribbon Ride
RIBBON RIDE: Warkworth resident Bevan Woodward of Abuse Prevention Services and Kitt Wyatt of the Seeds of Abraham Motorbike Club will be riding with 100 men wearing white ribbon badges in the Orewa New World Santa Parade.

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About 100 bikers wearing white ribbon badges will ride in the Orewa New World Santa Parade tomorrow.

The group of men will ride with a message that family violence is not OK.

Abuse Prevention Services and Seeds of Abraham, along with Te Rito Rodney, have organised the event as part of a series of White Ribbon Day activities on November 25.

"White Ribbon Day is a great opportunity for men to take a visible stand on this issue," Te Rito Rodney spokeswoman Diane Woolson Neville says.

"Violence against women is not just physical. Emotional and psychological violence such as manipulation, intimidation and coercion are very common but less visible types of violence and frequently their effects are underestimated," she says.

Ms Woolson Neville says around 3500 convictions are recorded against men each year for assaults on woman, while only 18 per cent of family violence is reported.

"By wearing a white ribbon, men show their commitment to being part of the solution to family violence, and promote messages of respectful, healthy relationships."

Other events include a barbecue at Helensville Unichem Pharmacy between 11am and 2pm on November 23, along with a stall outside Postie Plus at Wellsford from 11am to 1pm. A barbecue with bikes at Warkworth is from noon to 4pm outside The Farm Butchery.

On November 24 the group has a stall at The Plaza in Whangaparaoa from 11am to 1pm.

Information on family violence prevention, support agencies in the area and Te Rito Rodney's work will be available from the Whangaparaoa library foyer from November 19 to 24.

"We call on all men to participate in White Ribbon Day in some way this year," Ms Woolson Neville says. "Family violence destroys lives and is preventable - let's work together to keep families safe."

The Orewa New World Santa Parade starts at 12.30pm in the Florence Ave area and ends near the Orewa Surf Club. It's followed by the Summer Festival on the Orewa Beach Reserve.

Visit orewabeach. co.nz/santaparade.

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