12 April 2024

On your bikes! Narooma hosts Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

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Some of the ”gentlefolk” taking part in the Narooma Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride organised by Narooma Rotary. They include Carl Phelps of Narooma Motorcycles (second from left), John Cunningham and ride organiser Narooma Rotarian Francoise Cleret. Photo: Supplied.

Riders of classic and vintage-style motorcycles along the Far South Coast are invited to join the first Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) in Narooma on Sunday, 19 May, organised by Narooma Rotary.

The DGR is an annual international charity event celebrating classic and vintage-style motorcycles and the dapper gentlefolk who ride them.

”It unites these riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health,” said Narooma organiser Francoise Cleret.

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One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life; in Eurobodalla Shire it is two in three. Globally, one man is lost every minute to suicide – that’s half a million every year.

”While the cause couldn’t be more serious, the way the DGR raises funds and creates awareness is by having fun in style and dressing ‘dapper’.”

All riders must register online for the Narooma ride, at www.gentlemansride.com, before the day. They must ride a classic or vintage-style motorcycle (see DGR style guide on webpage), while dressed suitably dapper.

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Anyone who wants to donate to the DGR should go online to www.gentlemansride.com, find the Narooma ride and support one or more registered riders.

Funds raised will be invested by the DGR’s official charity partner, Movember, in local and global prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs.

The DGR will start and finish at the NATA Oval (behind the old visitors’ centre). Assembly will be no later than 10 am. The 21 km ride leaves at 11 am. A market for community and sporting groups to promote themselves will be held on NATA Oval in conjunction with the DGR. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For Narooma DGR inquiries, phone Francoise on 0402 967 494. For market inquiries, email David McInnes at [email protected].

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