Cancer cause drives riders in journey

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald
Jamie Banks, Scott Wheeler, Greg Fletcher, Ken McLennan, Ian MacDonald and Nev Everett.
Camera IconJamie Banks, Scott Wheeler, Greg Fletcher, Ken McLennan, Ian MacDonald and Nev Everett. Credit: Sjanna Sandalova

Team WA riders have embarked on a motorcycle journey to spread the word about prostate cancer through regional WA, joining 420 motorcyclists in the national initiative, The Long Ride 2017.

A small group of WA Long Riders departed Midland last Friday, and travelled through York, Narrogin, Williams, Kojonup and Katanning to eventually make their way to Toodyay.

The group of eight riders made a pit stop in Katanning for the night, where the Katanning Men’s Shed put on an event to support men’s health. “The main purpose of the night was to promote the research for a cure for prostate cancer, and to show our support for these guys who have ridden down from Perth,” secretary for Katanning Men’s Shed Ross Thomas said.

“The Men’s Shed is about getting guys together to promote health and allowing men to talk and feel comfortable.

“We find by talking about any issues they may have, it’s more likely they will go and get help.”

Brenden Nichols, Ross Thomas, Nev Everett
Camera IconBrenden Nichols, Ross Thomas, Nev Everett Credit: Sjanna Sandalova

Community educator for Regional Men’s Health Brenden Nichols said the night was a great example of communities coming together to talk about men’s health. “It was a celebration to recognise the guys doing the long ride,” he said. “It is really important to raise awareness but also to stop in communities and connect with people.”

WA ride co-ordinator Nev Everett said he was grateful for the generosity and hospitality from community organisations along the way.

“From just a phone call looking for somewhere to sleep for the night, we got so much more than that, so thanks very much to Ross and the men’s shed and everyone else in town for supporting us and our cause,” he said.

“We are all getting together for The Long Ride because we all share a passion for riding and a passion for making a difference in our community.”

To make a donation visit: http://pcfafundraising.org.au/event/thelongride2017

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