Bikers go blue for cause
THEY’RE big, they’re loud – and this month they’re blue.
Hundreds of bikers will ditch their black leathers for wacky blue outfits and ride across Auckland on Sunday to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand’s campaign Blue September.
These days bikers are coming round to the idea of looking after themselves as well as their engines, Grey Lynn enthusiast Morgan Sobanja says.
‘‘It’s a very tight-knit community and getting your prostate checked is becoming more acceptable to talk about openly even among the most macho blokes because of these events,’’ he says.
‘‘This is the time of year when you can say: ‘Mate, have you been checked yet’?’’
Sobanja is organising the annual Bikers In Blue charity ride from Pakuranga to Albany with help from husband and wife bikers Lance and Kym Double. Nearly 300 Auckland bikers took part last year, but Sobanja is hoping to top that figure with an extra 100 bikes hitting the road this year.
The 45-year-old says many of the participants are aged in their 40s or 50s – the age at which the Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends men have annual prostate checks.
‘‘Prostate cancer kills hundreds of men in New Zealand each year. We need to bring that figure down. And with humour guys can deal with that message – it’s a good way to make guys listen.’’
The ride is open to all motorcyclists and clubs, who can register online or at the starting line on the day.
There will be a raffle, auction and sausage sizzle at both ends of the ride with all proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ. Riders will meet on September 14 at PlaceMakers Pakuranga from 9am and depart for Albany Placemakers at 10.30am.