Longboard event with a violence-free message

A charity surfing event invites people to ride a wave and support an important cause this Saturday.

The Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic 2018 at Makorori Beach will raise awareness about family violence and how to prevent it.

The event supports the Tauawhi Charitable Trust and the Tauawhi Men’s Centre, which encourages men to take a stand against violence towards women and to build respectful relationships.

Centre co-ordinator Tim Marshall says the classic is a fun, family-friendly event.

“It always has a really positive atmosphere, with everyone enjoying the whanau-friendly day and embracing the kaupapa (principle) of a violence-free Tairawhiti.

“Family violence is a big issue in Tairawhiti as we have the highest rate of police reports per head of population and we know only 20 percent are reported.

“Events like this are about the community connecting and highlighting the need to change attitudes towards family violence.

“It does not have to be police solving the problem but often those closer to home,” he said.

The Moananui Longboard Surfrider Club and Gisborne Boardriders Club organise the surfing side of things, covering the necessary requirements to encourage healthy competition.

Mr Marshall said the divisions included various age group categories from juniors to 60 years plus, open divisions and a free Speedo and bikini event for those who are keen to strut their stuff,

“There will be spot prizes for best Hawaiian shirt, wildest hat and once again a major spot prize of a longboard,” he said.

The event starts at 7.30am on Saturday at Makorori Beach.

You can enter at the registration night on Friday, December 7, at Charcoal Chicken from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information, contact Tim Marshall on 027 558 6362, or check out the Tauawhi or Moananui longriders Facebook pages.

A charity surfing event invites people to ride a wave and support an important cause this Saturday.

The Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic 2018 at Makorori Beach will raise awareness about family violence and how to prevent it.

The event supports the Tauawhi Charitable Trust and the Tauawhi Men’s Centre, which encourages men to take a stand against violence towards women and to build respectful relationships.

Centre co-ordinator Tim Marshall says the classic is a fun, family-friendly event.

“It always has a really positive atmosphere, with everyone enjoying the whanau-friendly day and embracing the kaupapa (principle) of a violence-free Tairawhiti.

“Family violence is a big issue in Tairawhiti as we have the highest rate of police reports per head of population and we know only 20 percent are reported.

“Events like this are about the community connecting and highlighting the need to change attitudes towards family violence.

“It does not have to be police solving the problem but often those closer to home,” he said.

The Moananui Longboard Surfrider Club and Gisborne Boardriders Club organise the surfing side of things, covering the necessary requirements to encourage healthy competition.

Mr Marshall said the divisions included various age group categories from juniors to 60 years plus, open divisions and a free Speedo and bikini event for those who are keen to strut their stuff,

“There will be spot prizes for best Hawaiian shirt, wildest hat and once again a major spot prize of a longboard,” he said.

The event starts at 7.30am on Saturday at Makorori Beach.

You can enter at the registration night on Friday, December 7, at Charcoal Chicken from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information, contact Tim Marshall on 027 558 6362, or check out the Tauawhi or Moananui longriders Facebook pages.

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