Ride to say NO to family violence

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North Otago led the way last year in the campaign to stop male violence in families and local organisers are hoping for the same again this year.

On November 26, motorcycle enthusiasts will visit North Otago high schools promoting love and respect.

After the success of last year’s White Ribbon Ride, Ulysses Motorcycle Club North Otago branch coordinator Bruce Thacker said he was hoping for a fantastic turnout.

“Last year about 35 people took part in the ride around North Otago to visit the schools, and I believe it was the most of any others in the country.”

“Hopefully we can attract a similar amount of people to take part in the ride again this year.”

It was originally organised by the Patriots, but with them unable to attend this year’s ride, they have passed the organising of the event onto the motorcycle club.

“The Patriots are the main people behind it, but we are hoping it is something we can continue to do year after year with the hope of it increasing each year especially if they’re unable to attend.”

The main aim of the ride is to visit all the high schools in the district and talk to them about family violence and how bad it is.

Mr Thacker said we want to show pupils it’s not the way to go.

“Family violence is a terrible thing and we are heading to the high schools to promote to them the message that it’s not ok.”

Oamaru Police Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said this year’s ride will feature local riders.

“It’s local riders this year because it didn’t fit in with the national group.”

Family violence is a huge problem nationwide and in Waitaki district and Snr Sgt McCoy said the ride was about addressing this issue.

“It’s a huge problem within New Zealand and the Waitaki area and the sooner we take steps to say ‘it’s not ok’ to the community the better,” Snr Sgt McCoy said

They will leave Oamaru at 9am for East Otago High School, and once finished there they will make their way back to Oamaru for stops at Waitaki Girls’ High School, St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School.

The White Ribbon Ride is to take place from November 18-29 and will be done both in the North and South Island.

The South Canterbury and Dunedin Ulysses Group, Babes on Bikes and the Whitestone Motorcycle Touring Club, have also been asked to take part in the ride.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY