Bikers carry non-violence message

Last updated 09:56 22/11/2012
Starting young: Chase Eru, 5, on a bigger bike than he’s used to, with Patriots leader Aaron Morrison.

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Bikers promoting non-violence rolled in to Linden School on Monday to support White Ribbon Week.

Eighteen motorcyclists rode to the school and spoke to the pupils about the importance of behaving in non-violent ways towards each other, and particularly towards women.

The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club and Te Ahi Kikoha motorcycling group began their ride in Rotorua.

Teacher and organiser Dave Malcolm said the bikers' visit was timely in the light of a recent stabbing in Tawa, in which a woman died.

The school has a programme, Growing Greater Men, which focuses on behaviours promoted by the White Ribbon campaign.

"It's great to have male role models come in and speak to our children. Some have been involved with family violence and have changed," Mr Malcolm said.

The Patriots Club is for current and former members of any New Zealand armed forces.

The bikers have been riding for this cause for several years and invite men to join them in taking the pledge not to commit, condone or stand silent against violence towards women.

Linden School pupils welcomed the bikers with songs and dances.

After assembly, the children were allowed to have turns sitting on the bikes.

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