Raising Funds, Not Hell: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for Prostate Cancer Research
On September 25th, bands of snappily dressed, dapper motorcyclists will be riding through the streets of Singapore and 549 cities worldwide, raising not hell, but rather funds for prostate cancer research.
Started in 2012 by Sydney motorcyclist Mark Hawwa, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride began with the intent of tearing away prejudice and stereotypes. Inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a motorcycle in full vintage sartorial glory, Hawwa was spurred to organise an event where riders got together, dressed to the nines—think gentlemen’s coats, cravats and twirled moustaches—riding to dispel the common rough and tumble, thuggish image and perception of motorcyclists.
Dressed in their finest tweeds, collars and bowties, groups of snazzily-clad gentlemen riders cruised the streets of 24 cities worldwide on 30 September 2012, making a visually-arresting, compelling blend of sartorial chic, great rides and perfect road manners. Hawwa received such great response that first year that he found himself with the ideal opportunity to channel the support and interest towards a more universal cause—prostate cancer awareness and research—an issue of especial pertinence to the mostly male community of riders.
Participation in and support of the event has spread to over 410 cities worldwide since, with more than 37,000 registered motorcyclists participating in 2015 alone and over AUS 5 million raised in total.
Since the suavest gentlemen from a testosterone-filled world of throbbing engines and gleaming hot chrome are stepping up to do something about prostate health worldwide, perhaps it’s time for you to do so too.
Man Your Prostate: Facts and Checks
- Prostate cancer among men younger than 50 years old has increased 6-fold in the last 20 years.
- The cancer is frequently aggressive and quick-spreading among men below 50.
- Men with close relatives (i.e. fathers, brothers, uncles ) who suffered the disease are at high risk.
- Diet is an important determinant of prostate cancer risk:
- Avoid diets rich in dairy, refined grains as well as red and processed meats.
- Choose fresh vegetables, low-fat and calorie meats like fish, as well as green tea and soy.
- Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Poor urine flow and difficulty starting and stopping
- Frequent need to use the toilet at night
- Painful or burning sensation urinating
- Blood in urine
- Embarrassment and fear can kill.
- Avoiding prostate check-ups and tests can mean turning a slow-growing, highly treatable cancer into a truly life-threatening one.
- Advancements in research mean great quality of life for survivors.
- New non-invasive treatments avoid side-effects like urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction (frequently associated with prostate cancer treatment), meaning fewer, outpatient sessions and minimal discomforts.
To raise awareness of and advancement for prostate cancer research, donate to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2016 or join other Singaporean riders this September 25th by registering as a rider yourself.
Image credits: gentlemansride.com