‘Dapper’ bikers aim to create awareness on prostate cancer
By Jude Toyat
Dressed dapper in their most distinguished gentleman’s style, some 63 motorcycle enthusiasts from around Sarawak rolled out of Plaza Merdeka as part of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), a charity motorcycle ride held around the world on September 27.
According to Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) Kuching 2015 ride admin and organiser, Tuah Brahim, 32, the event aims to raise awareness on prostate cancer.
“Here in Malaysia, prostate cancer has claimed the least attention compared to childhood cancer and breast cancer. Not many people are aware of how important it is and that it can be as significant as breast cancer,” he said, explaining that prostate cancer has become the leading cause of cancer death among men globally. “Therefore, the event is held to give awareness about prostate cancer.”
This is the second time Kuching has participated in the international cause with the aim to raise money and awareness of the disease, specifically among men and the general public.
The event saw a collection of splendid two-wheeled café racers, bobbers, classics, trackers, customs, and scooters.
Riders gathered at Plaza Merdeka as early as 9.30am then followed a route past various landmarks in the city to Damai Central past for a gathering and photoshoot.
“Next year, we will try to get more involvement from the government, GLCs, sponsors and volunteers for the event,” he added.
DGR was inspired by an image of a smartly-attired gentleman on a classic motorcycle. The first ride began in Australia in 2012 and it was all about having a bit of fun with like-minded dapper souls.
It captured the imagination of custom classic motorcycle riders everywhere, and was held in 64 cities around the world. The massive success of that first event inspired the organisers to use that goodwill to raise money for research into men’s health.
For more information on Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, log on to www.gentlemansride.com.