White Ribbon into sixth year

By Dean Nathan
  • Northland

Over 300 riders on their bikes came from all over the country to Whangarei to share the message of White Ribbon. 

Motorcycle groups and clubs gathered together at Whangarei hospital to support an annual initiative by local Hikurangi riders to give presents to kids. 

According to White Ribbon organiser Phil Paikea, “It's the sixth year of doing the white ribbon ride but for Ben Te Moko and the Hikurangi riders it’s their 20th year of doing the toy run so excellent turnout.”

Since its inception, the White Ribbon sole purpose is to create a national awareness of the family violence issue.

And despite the fact that domestic violence statistics remains high, leaders of White Ribbon say that doesn't mean their cause is in vain.

Mr Paikea says, “It's a bit like not wearing seatbelts yet people are still not wearing their seat belts and texting and driving and it doesn't mean to say that we give up raising that awareness around that and family violence is the same thing.”

The White Ribbon movement continues to stand up and create awareness of family violence.