Stanford are riding! We’re raising money with the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride for prostate cancer and male suicide prevention. But this isn’t just any old ride this is a distinguished ride and those of you who know Stanford know we’re not distinguished.
What is the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride ?
The distinguished gentlemen’s ride was born when in 2012 organiser Mark Hawwa from Sydeny, Australia saw a picture of Mad Men character Don Draper dressed in a suit on a classic motorbike. He decided a theme ride would help to dismiss negative stereotypes of motorcyclists. The first ride was a success with 2500 people taking part across the globe. Mark decided to make it an annual event and use the event to raise money for a worthy cause. The event has since grown and supports prostate cancer, however this year the event will also support suicide prevention and other male health issues. Last year 56,000 participants joined across 505 cities and 90 countries raising over $3.6 million.
What does the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride support ?
DGR is the celebration of the classic motorbikes, its about dressing the part, monocles, tweed, your finest suit, groomed facial hair and handlebar moustaches galore. As fun and glamorous as the ride is with side cars, classic motorbikes and scooters the ride exists for a purpose. The ride raises money for men’s health with a particular focus on prostate cancer, prostate cancer is the 2nd most diagnosed cancer in men. The rides official charity partner is Movember who are the largest funder of prostate cancer programs in the world.
Having lost one of the ride hosts to suicide the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride have decided to make mental health programmes the primary focus and beneficiary of the money raised. The rate for male suicide is high, 3 out of 4 suicides are men, 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year, many men are struggling with mental health issues alone instead of talking to someone and asking for help. The DGR wants to break down these barriers and stop the shame that many feel for having mental health problems. The Movember organisation has a number of tools to help encourage men talk about this issue.
So on the 24th September a small selection of Stanford’s finest and some friends will be donning our finest clobber and riding our best classic bikes to raise awareness and (money) for these causes. The ride will start at the Olympic park in London and a distinguished ride through London will follow. Please support our team and sponsor generously and if you have time come and watch the spectacle in your finest gentry clothing.