Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride raises money for men’s health
A global charity ride that took place on September 30 is on course to raise more than £4.5m.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a worldwide charity initiative supported by motorcycle enthusiasts that aims to raise funds and public awareness for men’s health issues.
Founded by Mark Hawwa in Sydney, Australia, the fancy dress event sees hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists riding vintage and classic models in their finest gentlemanly attire, including tailored suits, brogues, waistcoats, caps and waxed moustaches. It has generated more than £10m in donations since its inauguration in 2012.
This year, the ride attracted more than 120,000 participants in 650 cities across 95 countries, with prostate cancer survivors among those taking part. The event’s charity partner is The Movember Foundation and it is sponsored by Triumph Motorcycles and Royal Enfield.
“The past six years have seen The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride grow far more than I ever could have imagined,” says Mr Hawwa. “Working with the Movember Foundation has allowed us to target key concerns in men’s health, helping us change the lives of men and helping them to live longer and happier lives.”
Dozens of rides in association with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took place in the UK on Sunday, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds in solidarity.
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