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Singing in park is a big deal'
Christmas joy: Andrew
Papas, 17, will perform
three songs at this year's
Christmas in the Park.
Photo: BEN WATSON
Andrew Papas is relish-
ing the opportunity to
perform at Christmas
in the Park.
It isn't the first time
the Pinehill resident
has performed at the
annual free concert.
He performed one
song at the 2009 show
but this year he will be
including a group song,
a duet and a quartet.
Andrew says the
opportunity to sing in
front of around 260,000
people plus a TV audi-
ence is a very big deal''
dream is to make a
career from singing and
He realised it was his
dream about seven
years ago and he has
been performing in
shows and concerts ever
The former Long Bay
College student has just
released his debut
single Say Goodbye.
in the Park is at the
Auckland Domain on
December 10 from 7pm.
It is supported by the
North Harbour News
Bruce Pilbrow of
keen to see as
many riders as
possible join the
Ride this month.
It includes a stop
at Dairy Flat.
Bikers hit road
Seeing men turn their lives around
inspires Bruce Pilbrow.
The Paremoremo resident is a new
White Ribbon ambassador in the
campaign's fight to end violence
He is also Parents Inc chief execu-
tive officer and a former deputy chief
An avid biker with wife Amanda, Mr
Pilbrow feels a strong connection to
the White Ribbon Ride, a key com-
ponent of this year's campaign. He
jokes that he loves all bikes, just as
long as they are Triumphs.
He believes that bikes can be a great
starter of communication between
Bikers tend to be seen as tough and
rough but I have seen real genuine-
ness and support for this campaign
from biking communities,'' Mr Pilbrow
In 2010 the ride visited more than
40 communities throughout the North
Island, generating significant support
for local anti-violence initiatives.
Three rides are on this year from
November 18 to 26, one on the east
and west coasts of the North Island,
and one down the South Island. Riders
can participate in the whole ride over
all eight days or ride for sections of the
The ride is led by the Patriots
Defence Force Motorcycle Club.
East and west coast riders join
forces at the Dairy Flat BP service cen-
tre on State Highway 1 on November
23 at 4pm to complete the last section
north to Bream Bay.
The White Ribbon Day campaign
raises awareness of men's violence
against women -- which is generally
directed at wives, girlfriends and other
White Ribbon ambassadors encour-
age men to get involved by helping to
challenge and change men's abusive
behaviour and attitudes towards
Seeing too many families affected by
violence has inspired Mr Pilbrow's
wish to become an ambassador.
My work has shown me that too
often violence pushes families over the
edge,'' he says.
I met a father a number of years
ago who described himself as an ani-
mal'. He abused alcohol and regularly
abused his wife and children.
After attending a parenting sem-
inar at Parents Inc he learned the
value of being a great dad and how he
had to protect his family.
He realised that love had to be at
the centre of his family and that his
violent behaviour could not continue.''
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