Motorcycle club revs up for suicide awareness

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A member of the Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club talks about the RATS programme – Riders Against Teenage Suicides, in Balclutha, last month. Photo: John Cosgrove

”LIKE we always say, we bring the noise.”

The Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club is gearing up for several awareness rides across Southland and Otago.

“Our mission statement is to support those in the community who are disadvantaged, disenfranchised and suffering serious illness, neglect, deprivation and abuse, whether physical or emotional, as well as addictions,” Southland chapter member Phillip Rangi said.

First on the agenda was the Otago Rats Ride through Dunedin’s inner-city on Saturday, November 16.

About 200 riders from throughout New Zealand were set to rev their engines. The concept was created by “The Super Maori Fullas”, with money raised spent on raising suicide awareness and providing suicide prevention programmes in the community, he said.

“Come along, show your support and get some tools to put in your kete.”

The White Ribbon ride would be held in Invercargill on Tuesday, November 19. “We’ll be floating around Invercargill on the day.”

At the end of February 2020, Tribal Nations would host its Rats Ride in Invercargill.

The not-for-profit club had become family to 29 members in Southland, more than 200 throughout the country, as well as having riders based in Germany, United States and Australia.

Established in 2014 by riders in Waikato, the club organised rides for the White Ribbon Appeal, teen suicide awareness, a Ride of Respect for servicemen and other people in need.

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