ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 2016, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DISTINGUISHED GENTLEFOLK IN HUNDREDS OF CITIES WORLDWIDE WILL DON THEIR CRAVATS, TWEAK THEIR MOUSTACHES, PRESS THEIR TWEED AND SIT ASTRIDE THEIR CLASSIC AND VINTAGE STYLED MOTORCYCLES TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR MEN’S HEALTH, SPECIFICALLY PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION.
Inked: Tell us about the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and how you got involved?
Steev: Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a yearly ride that takes place in cities around the world, all on the last Sunday of September. It’s a charity ride fundraising as part of the Movember Foundation to find a cure for men’s cancer. This year is also the first year it’s also for funding mental health, after the loss of a DGR founder due to depression. I’m involved due to having a history of depression, and having lost friends due to depression. And of course, who doesn’t want to find a cure for cancer?! I’m also a member of Sydney Cafe Racers, which is the motorcycle community Mark Hawwa also founded. And we support each other. I’m riding in memory of Naren “Nordic by Nature” Hooson an old friend who took his own life last September.
Is it men only? Not at all. Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is open to everyone!
What does the money go to? Money raised goes straight to prostate cancer research, and mental health programs around the world. DGR is partnered with the Movember Foundation.
Is there a dress code? There certainly is! To put it simply, It’s dress dapper. Think old school ladies and gentlemen. Tailored suits, dress uniforms, finely groomed facial hair, monocles, etc. All participants must also bring their best manners and behaviour.
Where will the ride go? The gentlefolk will ride through the heart of each city showing unity and raising awareness as they go.
What are some of the other stuff or rides happening around the world! Rides are happening in 550 cities in 91 countries all on the same day.
Do you know how it got started! It all came from the beautiful head of one of the best dudes I know, Mark Hawwa. A photo of Mad Men‘s Don Draper in a finely tailored suit on a Triumph got the gears in his head going. Mark has always been great at helping others and thought what better way to fundraise than have a bunch of motorcycle riders who usually have a negative stereotype in the public eye, dress up as distinguished gentleman and ladies, for a most worthy cause.
Why would you urge people to donate or join in? It’s to help find a cure for cancer, and preventing suicide, all whilst having fun riding bikes in fine clothes. Need I say more?
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
• In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US) for prostate cancer research.
• In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (US) for prostate cancer research.
• In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research.
TO DONATE: https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/reaver
TO FOLLOW THE RIDE: https://www.facebook.com/Gentlemansride/
TO READ MORE: http://www.gentlemansride.com/