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Published Tuesday 22 Aug 2017

The RATS are coming to town! Suicide is a real issue here in Wairarapa and it’s one that the Too Many, Wairarapa campaign is encouraging people to address. Join the RATs riders THIS SATURDAY, 9th September, in the Farriers Carpark in Masterton from 1pm-3pm.

RATS riders combine their love of motorbikes with their love for people - specifically for youth, tamariki and rangatahi – our future generations and leaders of tomorrow.

Join us in Farriers Carpark THIS SATURDAY 9 September 1pm - 3pm.

Up to 300 bikes are expected to ride in a tour of Wairarapa on Saturday 9th September, as part of a weekend to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Coming over the hill to Featherston in the morning, they visit the Youth Group and after lunch head to Masterton where they will be supported by Mayor Lyn, our health leaders, and bereaved mother and suicide prevention campaigner, Toni Ryan.

“When you hear the rumble of our bikes, know that each rider rides not only for his and her own reasons, but for those in this realm and the next. We ride to put that stake in the ground – our Pou – to identify who we are so those in need are aware.”

At the time, Toni Ryan thought suicide was something that happened to other people.

“Sam knew how much we loved him, surely he would never go through with it?“

The moment I found my son was the moment my understanding of suicide changed.”

Support Toni’s work to raise awareness of suicide prevention by joining her and the RATS riders on 9th September.

So cross your fingers for sunshine, and come and show your support for suicide prevention.

Saturday 9th September 2017, Farriers Carpark, Masterton 1pm

For more information phone Anna Cardno 027 205 2422