For 12 years, the founders of The Long Ride, Chris and Gail Dunne, have been passionate supporters of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).
What started with 200 participants who joined to ride for a worthy cause, is now an event that involves more than 300 riders, among them, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of PCFA, Professor Jeff Dunn AO, who felt inspired by the hard work and generosity of these motorcycle enthusiasts.
"PCFA is proud to once again be the beneficiary of The Long Ride 2019. People like Chris, Gail and all the riders help us to deliver our mission of reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men and their loved ones," Professor Dunn said.
The ride officially departs from Government House in Sydney on 11th May and will pass through the towns of Narrabri, Roma, Barcaldine, Winton, Mt Isa, Tennant Creek and Katherine before finishing up in Darwin.
For the first time, about a dozen riders from Virginia, United States will join this event, riding simultaneously with their counterparts in Australia, who this year will head to Darwin, with an optional extension ride to Broome. Chris said that The Long Ride is designed for participants to experience something totally different.
"It is about life on the road, meeting new people, and exploring yourself as you do something you love to do – ride your motorcycle," Chris said.
"All attendees are encouraged to discuss the issue of prostate cancer, bringing into focus this important men's health issue, especially to the rural and regional stops along the way."
The Long Ride participants commit to raise at least $500 per rider, to help reduce the impact of prostate cancer on men and their families. Prostate cancer this year will kill more men than most other cancers and many of those who live with it will be faced with devastating treatment side effects. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, approximately 3,500 men will die this year from prostate cancer and nearly 20,000 will receive a new diagnosis.
If you would like to show your support for the Long Riders with a donation, please visit the fundraising page http://pcfafundraising.org.au/event/thelongride2019