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Dapper motorcyclists ride for mens health

Motorcyclists around the world have dressed in their finest suits to raise money to fight prostate cancer and men’s mental health issues

More than 114,000 motorcyclists have donned their finest clothing to raise millions to fight prostate cancer and men’s mental health issues.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride, which saw thousands of men and women across 648 cities in 101 countries participate, raised nearly $A8.4 million for charity partners, including the Movember Foundation.

One of the Sydney organisers, Stephen Broholm, said the event gives men who have been suffering alone the chance to talk about their health concerns. He credited the support and momentum each year for getting the discussions started.

“The Distinguish men’s ride has been a great conversation starter, its helped men develop friendships and encourage each other to seek support,” Broholm said.

“Men are just really bad at taking care of themselves.”

The event was founded by Mark Hawwa in Sydney as a way to breakdown the negative stereotypes surrounding motorbike culture. It was inspired by an iconic image of Mad Men’s Don Draper looking debonair on a vintage Matchless motorcycle.

“The past 6 years have seen the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride grow far more than I ever could have imagined – not only in its reach and the number of participants of the ride itself, but in people that have made the decision to get themselves checked,” Hawwa said.

“Working with the Movember Foundation has allowed us to target key concerns in men’s health, helping us change the lives of men and helping them to live longer.”

Founder of the Movember Foundation, Justin Coghlan, said: “The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is about bringing together the motorcycle community to ride dapper, fundraise for the Movember Foundation and most importantly to have shoulder to shoulder conversations.”

“If we can get men to ride together to have conversations, then we can help change their behaviour and help men stop dying too young.”

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