Riding for his daughter

20:28, Nov 06 2012
David White is looking forward to participating in the White Ribbon Ride.
David White is looking forward to participating in the White Ribbon Ride.

It's been 48 years since David White hooned around on a motorbike, but when the opportunity for him to take part in the White Ribbon Ride came up, he just couldn't resist.

"I talked to my mate Clive about it and told him I was interested in driving a truck during the ride. He told me I should be riding a bike and that I could borrow his one," Mr White said.

"I got on it and ended up in the paddock.

"It's got a 1400cc motor so she's quite powerful, my first gear changes were a bit bloody rough."

The White Ribbon takes place from November 19 to 26 and is a chance for men who ride motorbikes to come together and support stopping violence against women.

There are a number of groups who take part including the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club, the Super Maori Fullas and Te Ahi Kikoha.

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A number of White Ribbon riders will roll into Matamata on Saturday, November 24 and this is where Mr White intends to join in. Members of the public are more than welcome to attend this event at Railside by the Green from 9.30am until 11am.

There is usually not a dry eye in the house when the guys who take part in the White Ribbon Ride share their stories, Mr White said.

"These are brave men who don't have a problem standing up and talking about something they believe in with a passion."

Mr White has dedicated his time to the White Ribbon campaign and Women's Refuge following the death of his daughter Helen Meads who was murdered by her husband.

Just a couple of weeks ago he spoke at the national Women's Refuge conference in Blenheim.

"If you don't stand up and say something, nothing is going to change," he said.

He has had offers from around the country to speak at events and conferences and said he will keep talking as long as people are prepared to listen.

"This is something I have to do."

Matamata Chronicle