Welcome to the Long Ride 2017 - UPDATE
The Long Ride 2017 has now finished with the majority of riders safe back at home. We still have a few couples and single riders wending their way back home possibly reaching home this weekend.
I thank each and everyone who participated in the Long Ride 2017 either as a rider or donor. Your participation ensured the success of this event. The success of the Long Ride 2017 is very evident on the faces of all who rode into Launceston and gathered for one last photograph.
Gail and I are very proud of each and everyone who participated and gave up their time and resources to help make a difference in the lives of others, you are great Australians.
So far Gail and the PCFA have estimated that the amount raised as of today, 1 Nov 17, is approximately $265,000 with several more donations yet to be deposited. The amount of awareness raised has also increased from the 2016 ride, which is an amazing achievement and could not have happened without your involvement as a rider.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia (except for non-melanoma skin cancers) and the second greatest cause of cancer deaths in men. It is estimated that over 18,700 new cases were diagnosed in Australia. Tragically, more than 2,900 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer. In the early stages, there are few symptoms of prostate cancer; however, if detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable. This is why men aged 50 and over, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer should not wait for symptoms; they should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer - a simple step that could save your life.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia
The PCFA plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer and devotes all of it resources towards reducing the impact of prostate cancer on the community. The goal of the PCFA is to reduce the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, their families and the community; to represent the interests of all Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The PCFA works to raise awareness and attract widespread financial support for the work of the Foundation to: fund research into the causes, detection, diagnosis and improved treatment of prostate cancer; to provide information, support and counselling to those affected by prostate cancer; and to raise community awareness of the incidence of prostate cancer, thereby encouraging earlier detection and more effective treatment of the disease. To learn more about the PCFA go to http://www.prostate.org.au/
All donations are directed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA). All donations are forwarded to the PCFA for research. Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $1000.00 in donations from any source that you can. Each rider is encouraged to seek sponsorship from any source for goods or prizes that you may raffle locally to add to the amount of donations you raise. You may consider running BBQs, special dinners, seeking corporate sponsorships or just spreading the word about Prostate Cancer. The method you choose also brings with it a responsibility to enjoy yourself and to ensure others know that you are making a difference in the operation to protect your menfolk. If every rider or participant raised a $1000.00 each, what a difference this would make to you and to others. All cheques must be made out to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. The Every Day Hero site link for all direct donations for individuals, teams and Groups.
Tips For Riders.
As a motorcyclist, you should be aware that riding a motorcycle can bring you great enjoyment but it can also become a dangerous activity for those riders who do not adhere to the road rules, or who ride in a dangerous manner to themselves or other road users and or who do not have an awareness of other road users on the road at the same time. Please take the time to read some useful riding tips on our Rider Safety Page, the rest is up to you.
Riders must agree and understand and they the rider/ and the passenger are aware that there are dangers and risks involved in riding a motorcycle, and in riding a motorcycle in a group such as The Long Ride. These dangers and risks include damage, injury, serious injury and/or death. Knowing and appreciating fully these dangers and risks, the rider/and or passenger hereby waive, release and forever discharge The Long Ride, the proceed recipient, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, members of the organizing committee, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and all other associates with the event, of and from all manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, claims and demands whatsoever arising from or in connection with The Long Ride and associated events. The rider and or passenger assume full responsibility for injury or damage arising as a result of the participation association with The Long Ride event and their(the riders) passenger/s. All riders must hold a current motorcycle rider?s licence in a State or Territory of Australia or a recognised current International rider?s licence lawfully recognised in Australia. All riders must have their motorcycle fully registered and hold a current Compulsory Third Party Personal Injury Insurance in a State or Territory of Australia have Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance and Third Party Liability Insurance.
Contacts for Local Delegates
Contact one of the following people who have been nominated as delegates to assist you in your preparation for the Long Ride event:
Founder: Chris Dunne - 0419279337: [email protected]
- Mid NSW Coast: Grant Smith: [email protected]
- QLD Delegate: Mark Curlewis: [email protected]
- QLD Delegate: Brian Harmsworth: [email protected]
- QLD Delegate: Arnold Keuker: [email protected]
- FNQLD Delegates: Mark and De Mahoney: [email protected]
- ADF Delegate: Paul Connor: [email protected]
- VIC Delegate: Steve O'Brien [email protected]
- WA Delegate: Alby Everett: [email protected]
- SA Delegate: Paul Olman: [email protected]
- NT Delegate: Matt Finnerty: [email protected]