TPT Meets Pa­trick Gre­ville-Mor­ris

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Community - BY CRAIG NOR­TON

Playa’s in­ter­na­tional res­i­dents con­trib­ute to the cul­ture, strength, and a gen­eros­ity of spirit and mind. This month, on Septem­ber 27, Playa will be con­nected once more to the world with its inau­gu­ral chap­ter of the Distin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride, a char­ity event meant to raise aware­ness and money for prostate can­cer re­search, which last year raised close to $1.5 mil­lion dol­lars. The Maya Riviera’s am­bas­sador of the event is Pa­trick Gre­ville-Mor­ris.

Route for Playa del Car­men’s

Distin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride

Meet at the Pala­cio Mu­nic­i­pal,

and then ride out along the

The Playa Times: How did you get in­volved? Pa­trick Gre­ville-Mor­ris:

Four years ago, I at­tended Frank­furt’s first Distin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride, we were two riders. The next year we were 20, and the third year we were close to 200.

The Ride it­self started in Aus­tralia. Ev­ery year, all of the Rides across the globe start the same day, same time. So at 10 a.m., ev­ery­where in the world there is a ride start­ing in over 400 lo­ca­tions. Last year there were over 30,000 riders.

How many riders are you ex­pect­ing?

It be­ing the first year, these things take time. If we get ten riders, we would be very happy. It is a won­der­ful event – very peace­ful, very friendly, and it is a lot of fun. It’s not ev­ery day you see a bunch of guys wear­ing suits rid­ing around on mo­tor­cy­cles.

What are the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be a rider?

You must be on a bike and be able to dress smartly! As far as bikes go, any­thing from big Har­leys down to Mon­key Bikes, even scoot­ers. Prefer­ably clas­si­cal, but it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. The im­por­tant thing is to have fun and to be able to dress the way one ex­pects to see a gen­tle­man.

The over­all goal is to raise money for can­cer re­search.

Right. The im­por­tant thing is to take part, be­cause to take part raises aware­ness. I think that ev­ery man who thinks, “This could af­fect my life at some point,” should be aware of it. And if you can af­ford to do­nate five dol­lars, ten dol­lars, that is a fine thing. The whole thing is done on the web­site. It is a fun event that is hap­pen­ing in around nine other lo­ca­tions in Mexico, and the Playa event is the only one on the Yu­catan Penin­sula.

You can also find in­for­ma­tion and photos on Face­book/Gentle­mans Ride. To register for a Ride, go to www.gen­tle­man­sride.com, choose a Ride, or spon­sor a rider. It is al­ways bet­ter if you spon­sor some­one you know.

Vagabundo Fi­esta for break­fast.

Up along Arco Vial and back

down Con­sti­tuyentes to 5th Ave.

Pa­trick Gre­ville-Mor­ris

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