White Ribbon events to push ending violence

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At a regular meeting are local White Ribbon committee members, back, Sean Patterson, NZ Police, Peter Melrose, Andrew Shepherd and Evans Chibanguza, all White Ribbon ambassadors, Julie McDonald, Waitaha Primary Health, front, Katrina Pritchard, Oranga Tamariki, Anna Arrowsmith Families Without Violence coordinator, and Marie McAnulty, SEEDS programme.

Events are being held locally this month to raise awareness around the increasing issue of domestic violence.

The national White Ribbon campaign aims to end violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and to talk to other men.

A number of male-dominated local businesses will receive morning tea packs soon to encourage conversations and to spread positive messages in the workplace.

A touring group of motorcyclists supporting White Ribbon will stop off in Ashburton on November 22 and will visit St Joseph’s School to spread anti-bullying messages.

A police escort will bring the bikers into town and take them out again.

On the same day, there will be the annual White Ribbon quiz at Hotel Ashburton and teams of between four and six are needed for the 6.30pm event.

The White Ribbon Family Fun Day will be held near the paddling pool area of the Ashburton Domain on November 23 from 10am until noon and will feature traditional style games, a free barbecue, lollybar, bouncy castles, giveaways and the opportunity to sign the White Ribbon pledge.

Email to anna@nullsaferashburton.org.nz for any more information on White Ribbon.