Victorian ADF motorcycle riders ready to take on national prostate cancer ride
October 06, 2017

On Wednesday 11th October 2017: Several Victorian based ADF motorcycle riders are departing to join 420 motorcyclists in the national initiative, The Long Ride 2017, travelling across the country to Tasmania to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and awareness about the disease which claims the lives of 3,300 Australian men each year[i]. The Long Ride is an initiative of Chris and Gail Dunne and the tour of Tasmania is the 10th running of the event.

The team of riders, led by LCDR Colin Holloway, will take part in the Melbourne to Launceston route, which is one of eight routes that is part of The Long Ride initiative. The Melbourne route will start at HMAS Cerberus, and will travel through Mirboo North, Bairnsdale, Omeo, Mitta Mitta, Corryong, Albury, Puckapunyal and Melbourne before joining the the 420 riders at, Burnie, then onto Strahan, Bothwell, Hobart and St Helens before riding into Launceston for the end of ride dinner.

 

According to LCDR Holloway, The Long Ride is the perfect opportunity to blend a love of motorbike riding and passion for raising awareness about prostate cancer.

 

“I couldn’t think of a better way to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and funds for PCFA. We are all getting together for The Long Ride because we all share a passion for riding and a passion for making a difference in our community,” said Chris Dunne.

 

“I hope to gain as much support from all communities and residents as well as people along the way.”

 

Cassandra Robertson, PCFA’s NSW State Manager, says PCFA relies on the continued generosity from people like Chris and Gail Dunne in order to continue their work across the country.

 

“We are delighted that so many people have signed on to be a part of The Long Ride initiative. Prostate cancer may be a male-only disease, but it affects entire communities,” said Ms Robertson.

 

“We are delighted that we have this opportunity to work with The Long Ride group and make some noise about prostate cancer. If we are able to use this initiative as a vehicle to speak to men about prostate cancer, then we would have made a great difference.”

 

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.  

 

To make a donation to The Long Ride 2017 initiative, visit https://thelongride2017.everydayhero.com/au/hmas-cerberus-long-riders#/?_k=ekibv7

For more information about the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia go to www.prostate.org.au or call toll-free 1800 22 00 99.

ENDS

 

For more information about LCDR Holloway and his involvement in The Long Ride 2017 initiative, or to arrange an interview, photo or filming opportunity, please contact:

 

Colin Holloway: mobile 0481199507 or email colholloway@gmail.com.  

 

 

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