Cancer cause drives riders in jour­ney

Great Southern Herald - - News - 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.”

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.”

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

Jamie Banks, Scott Wheeler, Greg Fletcher, Ken McLen­nan, Ian MacDon­ald and Nev Everett.

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