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White Ribbon relay helps fight domestic violence
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GET UP, STAND UP: Telia Anderson strives for victory in the White Ribbon Relay, run in support of family violence prevention.


Teams skipped, crawled and sprinted their way down New Plymouth's Devon St West yesterday, showing support for family violence prevention.

The relay races were organised by Taranaki Safe Families Trust as the culmination of the month-long White Ribbon appeal.

Coordinator Callum Williamson said it had been a hit in the past, and this year 21 teams competed for prizes and enjoyed the free sausage sizzle.

Everyone left with a prize, one team with four meal vouchers per member, from the Bach on Breakwater.

Youth Service Taranaki entered a team of four, dressed in skirts made of maps and armed with shields of cardboard.

Staff member Terri Pats said this wasn't the first year they had entered a team, and although they didn't win their heat, they had their eyes on the "best-dressed" prize. "It's been fantastic. The best thing is we've had two youth and two staff (compete) and a whole bunch of youth down here supporting us," she said. "We work with at-risk youth, so it's an important message to start at a young age."

Lawyers, farmers community organisations, businesses, and mayor Andrew Judd also took part.

"It's a great cause, trying to stop violence or bring awareness to it," New Zealand Grazing Company member Raewyn Dempsey said.

She said it was particularly important to recognise that family violence occurred in the rural areas just as much as urban.