Rodney Times : November 18th 2010
9 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS These men from our community along with men throughout New Zealand have signed a pledge to show that they wish to put an end to violence towards women. Dr Adrian Gane Bruce Reid John Kirikiri Murray Brett Brian O Connell D G Elias Mark Powell Alan Robertson Andrew Connolly Quentin Jukes Paul Green Michael Sinclair Simon Plimmer Ben Hita Michael Goudie John Williams Gary Diprose Brian Shires Scott Marchant Lloyd Ashworth Lleon Downes Warren Henton Wayne Walker Vaughan Mackereth Matt Hampton Bjorn Peterson Jono Dempsey Joe Youseff We invite all people in Rodney to join the white ribbon cause and wear a white ribbon on the 25th of November as a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. 3294225AA WANTING TO MAKE SOME EXTRA $$$ BOOK A STALL AT Quality Stalls Wanted Phone Courtney 4129903 / 027 6880818 Leave a message Sunday 12th December 10am to 3pm Kumeu Showgrounds Ribbon ride: Motorcyclists plan a White Ribbon Ride to highlight family violence issues. Call to join fight against violence November 25 is Inter- national White Ribbon Day, which aims to raise awareness about family violence, and about viol- ence against women in particular. White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for people to show that they think family violence is unac- ceptable by wearing a white ribbon and Rodney and Hibiscus Coast residents are encouraged to take part. Family violence is a significant problem in Rodney. Local services are helping increasing numbers of families needing assistance as a result of family violence. In the 12 months to September 30, Hestia Rodney Women's Refuge provided shelter for 2347 bed nights and helped 861 women and children in the community. A number of local groups have collaborated to organise events to mark White Ribbon Day in the week leading up to November 25. Events will be held at the following locations and times. In Orewa there will be a stall with information about family violence at the Santa parade on November 20 beginning at 12.30pm. In Wellsford there will be a street stall outside Postie Plus with a free sausage sizzle and infor- mation about family viol- ence on November 25 from 10.30am until 1.30pm. In Warkworth there will be a street stall out- side Lee and Hart's Pharmacy with a free sausage sizzle and infor- mation about family viol- ence on November 25 beginning at 11.30am. Each event will also provide free white rib- bons. Along with these events, Rodney is taking part in the national Sig- nature Project where men in each community sign a pledge to be non- violent and to not sup- port or condone violence. Local signatures are fea- tured on this page. White Ribbon Day events are supported and funded by the Auckland Council. White Ribbon Day is an opportunity as a com- munity to show that fam- ily violence is not okay in our community, but we will support people to make changes in their lives,'' says event co- organiser Diane Woolson Neville of the Te Rito Rodney Family Violence Prevention Project. There are a number of local organisations which provide support for women and families experiencing family viol- ence and for men who are looking to change abusive behaviour. Hestia Women's Ref- uge provides community support, advocacy and emergency accommo- dation to those affected by family violence. The organisation can be contacted by phoning (09) 425-0452 in Wark- worth and Wellsford, (09) 427-5154 in Orewa and Whangaparaoa or (09) 420-6083 in the Helensville area. Call 0800-321-361 to reach the crisis line ser- vice. Rodney Stopping Violence Services provides violence prevention programmes and counselling for men, women and children. Phone (09) 425-8130. IN BRIEF Quirky letterbox New Zealand's quirkiest new letterbox will be unveiled this weekend. The winner will be named on Saturday by their postie Carol Whitelaw. People visiting the exhibition at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, SH16, north of Kaukapakapa, will be invited to slip their votes into their favourite letterbox in a people's choice which will run throughout the exhibition year before a 2011 winner is decided on October 30. Organisers say a large number of entries have been received. All the letterboxes are for sale.
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