Bikers support cause

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Bikers decked out in leather rode through the streets of Dunedin last month, on a journey of respect.

The group visited schools and community groups to support the annual White Ribbon Day, which was held on Saturday, November 25.

They visited Brockville School, Otago Boys’ High School and Tahuna Normal Intermediate.

The riders belong to the White Ribbon Trust, which aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.

This year, a new focus is on ensuring fathers have the skills and confidence to talk to their sons about respectful relationships in a campaign called “Raise Our Boys”.

Ride leader Colin Agnew said the group was started in 2008 by four bothers from the Far North. He had been involved since 2009.

The group set up in the South Island in 2011 and continued to grow.

“It’s good for the kids to see that just because we ride motorbikes and dress this way it doesn’t mean we’re bad people,” Mr Agnew said.

Blair Mckenzie, one of the educators in the group, is doing the ride for a sixth year.

He said he was passionate about helping people, “and changing lives keeps you coming back”.