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.
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