The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride will hit the road this weekend

Graham Rath is riding in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride after cancer hit close to home.
Graham Rath is riding in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride after cancer hit close to home.

ON Sunday, September 24, men and women from all over the world will strap on a helmet and hop on their motorbikes in the name of men’s mental health and prostate cancer.

The annual ride is held all over, with people riding from point A to point B to raise much needed awareness and funds.

Port Macquarie rider Graham Rath is participating in the ride, which starts at the donut and ends in Harrington, because his uncle is a cancer survivor.

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“My uncle, Wilf, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was one of the lucky ones,” he said.

“I heard about the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride back then and I thought it was a really worthy cause to get involved in, especially as it hit close to home.

“He and my dad are twin brothers, and both of them ride bikes, so he is close to me. They caught it early and he survived.

“It was such a shock when we found out, because he was only in his sixties, but it encouraged myself to go and get checked.”

He said that was a big reason the ride was created many years ago.

“It’s not just about the money, it’s about raising awareness about prostate cancer and getting yourself checked, as well as other men’s health issues,” he said.

“People don’t think about it happening to them, but it doesn’t matter what age we are. It can hit at any time.”

Overall in the past few years Mr Rath is in the top 20 percent for funds raised in the world.

He hopes to see a lot of community support when they take off on the weekend.

“The ride is always a lot of fun. I hope to see a lot of community support for us as we ride to Harrington,” he said.

He will be taking a 1982 Kawasaki on this ride, his first in Port Macquarie since moving from Canberra.