More than 200 sharp-dressed motorcyclists have raised in excess of $60,000 for men’s health.
Riders of classic or vintage motorbikes dressed up for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Wollongong on Sunday.
Men and women donned their finest outfits to raise awareness for prostate cancer and mental health on behalf of the Movember Foundation.
Founded in Sydney in 2012, this was the second year that a Wollongong event had taken place.
Wollongong was among more than 650 cities throughout the world that participated.
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Last year’s Wollongong event featured 172 riders and raised $20,578.
Sunday’s ride kicked off at Ocean Park, Woonona, before travelling via Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Bald Hill, and concluding at Towradgi Beach Hotel.
Among the top fundraisers for this year’s Wollongong ride was Michael Anderson, 56. He raised more than $3600.
The Wollongong resident has been riding for 40 years.
“I have lost a few friends to suicide, including a very close friend in the past three years,” he said. “So it’s an important thing for me.
“I’m in that age group where men’s health and prostate cancer can become real concerns… I live a healthy lifestyle, but I’m always mindful of the sorts of things that can happen.
“No one’s immune – it can affect everybody.”
Organiser Jane Sim of City Coast Motorcycles was pleased that this year’s event had already tripled the funds raised in 2017.
“With close to one million men losing their lives annually from suicide and prostate cancer, the annual event called on the community to stop men dying too young,” Mrs Sim said.
Fundraising continues until the end of October.
To donate, visit www.gentlemansride.com/rides/australia/wollongong.