White Ribbon Riders visit Manaia Primary School

19 November 2013

Taranaki DHB Health Promoter Sara Knowles said having the White Ribbon Riders visit small local schools is sending an important message to communities large and small.

Between 20 and 30 white Ribbon riders will be at Manaia Primary School on Wednesday 20th November to spread the word against family violence.

The riders support the men against violence towards women campaign. This year’s focus is asking men to take The Pledge – to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.

The Pledge is both a personal commitment to change, and through the campaign’s media outreach, will also demonstrate that thousands of New Zealanders have got your back – supporting your commitment to change.

“It is wonderful that they come to visit and talk to the children at Manaia Primary, which is committed to being a Health Promoting School,” said Mrs Knowles.

Health Promoting Schools programme encourages schools to link with their wider community on health and well being issues. There are 18 Health Promoting Schools in Taranaki who work with the Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit.

“The programme is around supporting schools to identify their strengths and address their own health, wellbeing and education priorities,” said Mrs Knowles.


The white Ribbon Riders will be at Manaia Primary School at 10.30 on Wednesday 20th November. Please call Sue if you would like to attend.


White Ribbon is an international campaign that asks men to show they won’t tolerate or remain silent about violence towards women. It originated as a men’s movement in Canada and is now part of the United Nations annual calendar. The Families Commission took a leadership role in New Zealand in 2006 and the campaign now focuses on the whole of November, culminating on 25 November – White Ribbon Day.

For more information please call

Sue Carrington
Media Adviser
Ph 021 367 789

Last updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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