Fundraising for prostate cancer would seem to be a natural fit for the Australian Defence Force.CHALPAT SONTI August 22, 2014 3:55am
Warrant Officer Class One Ray Doolan, Corporal Rhys Griggs, John Howard and Captain James Roe are the Puckapunyal Riders making the trek to Uluru to raise funds for prostate cancer. Pictured here are three of the bikes - a 250cc Kawasaki Ninja, Yamaha V-Star 1100 and BMW R1200RT.
You know the Australian Defence Force takes a fundraising initiative seriously when its top officer personally takes part — and four Puckapunyal-based men are happy to have him along for the ride.
The men are part of the Long Ride 2014, in which motorcyclists from around Australia will head to Uluru from late September in an effort to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.
Captain James Roe and John Howard have both taken part in the ride before — last year they headed to Cairns and Port Douglas — and this time around they’ll be joined by fellow motorcycling enthusiasts Warrant Officer Class One Ray Doolan and Corporal Rhys Griggs.
The ADF has got behind the initiative, last year raising $85
Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, a keen motorcyclist, will also be along for the ride as part of about 100 Defence riders and will visit Puckapunyal on the way (riders are effectively picked up en route).
Captain Roe said the Puckapunyal contingent had good reason for taking part. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of death for men (about 3000 a year) but if detected early is often treatable and curable.
‘‘The Army has such a large constituency of males and obviously one of the key concerns is that prostate cancer kills a lot of males,’’ he said.
‘‘One of my mates who is in his mid 40s also had his prostate removed. This is a good cause and it is relevant for Defence.’’
The riders are all self-funded with every cent raised going to charity.
To donate visit pcfafundraising.org.au/event/TheLongRide2014
Select the ‘‘Sponsor a Friend’’ tab and search for ‘‘Puckapunyal Riders’’. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.
Businessmen, onesies, baked muffins, a professor and a baby made for a colourful ragtag army of Sheppartonians who made their way to the seat of democratic power in Melbourne yesterday.
Local kayaking athletes Brea Roadley and Kayla Whinray have continued making a splash in their sport on both a national and international level.
Tatura’s St Vincent de Paul Society has made a sizeable donation to Sacred Heart School community for 2015.
A touch of glitz and glamour will be the theme for St Mary’s Primary School’s annual parents and friends ball at The Mill tomorrow.
Campaspe Valley Community Centre played host to Audrey Hepburn, Little Red Riding Hood, Napoleon Dynamite and even the Titanic recently.
Jackson Gentle beats younger sibling Cooper in thrilling Parkland decider
What will it take for politicians to start taking Nagambie's case for an ambulance seriously?
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
Heathcote has finally been topped as the animal collision capital of Victoria.
Cobram’s Tokemata Retreat has received recognition from a global tourism site, receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.
Gov’t overhauls GP incentive scheme.
There may never be a solution to the Murray-Darling Basin and managing its water — Australia’s greatest natural asset.
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber tells The Ensign, producers should oppose the sale of the long term lease of the Port by the Andrews Government.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.