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Local Icons To Stand Against Violence

Local Icons To Stand Against Violence

Some of Nelson’s local icons have joined a strong group of seven Nelson men who have become ambassadors for Students Against Violence Everywhere Nelson White Ribbon Campaign.

White Ribbon Day is an international movement where people particularly men wear White Ribbons and make the pledge to never commit condone or remain silent about violence towards women.

Local front line ambassadors include Johny O’Donnell (Chairman Students Against Violence Everywhere), Amani Waenga (Founding member Students Against Violence Everywhere), Tremain Mikaere (It’s Time We Started Telling These Stories Book), Al Columbus (Radio Presenter), Kodee Goldsworthy (2009 Nelson College rugby and Maori Head Boy), Pete Rainey (Nelson City Councillor) and Kerry Marshall (Mayor of Nelson City).

Ambassador and Chairman of SAVE Johny O’Donnell said “we have an awesome group of local icons who have gone out of their way to become involved in this campaign, which will see one of the biggest stands against violence Nelson has seen for a long time.” He says “having local leaders as well as youth and Maori leaders means men from all walks of life should be encouraged to join this movement and make a stand against violence towards women.”

In the lead up to White Ribbon Day Nelson Tasman Te Rito Network will spread the message of White Ribbon Day at Nelsons Annual A and P Show. The information stall which will be maned by volunteers from organisations all over Nelson/Tasman will have lots of giveaways for people of all ages.

Students Against Violence Everywhere are holding a public photo shoot for all men on Nelson’s iconic Cathedral Steps on Wednesday 25th November 2009 at midday. Local ambassadors will all speak out against violence and will then be joined by other local men from all walks of life to participate in a public media photo shoot bearing a White Ribbon Day banner to promote the message that violence towards women is totally unacceptable.

Later that day families are invited to come along and share in the fun with a White Ribbon Day Family BBQ and Picnic being held at Tahunanui BBQ Area from 5pm onwards.


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