Bikers in Blue to raise funds

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Motorcyclists take part in a Bikers In Blue biennial ride. Photo: File

A GROUP of southern motorcyclists is rallying for a good cause to raise awareness and fundraise for prostate cancer.

September was prostate cancer awareness month (Blue September) and the Bikers In Blue ride from Invercargill to Gore would be the third time motorcyclists took the opportunity to swap their traditional black leathers and motorcycle gear for “wacky blue outfits” (or not) and support the cause, ride co-organiser Reuben Boniface said.

The ride was not just about raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand for research and support for those living with the disease, it was also about raising awareness for men, he said.

Mr Boniface encouraged all men, bikers or not, to take their health seriously and join them in whatever way they could to raise awareness and funds for the cause.

“It’s also about getting men to be aware of their own health and encouraging them to get regular checks.”

Hosted by PlaceMakers, anyone with a motorcycle was welcome to join the run being held on Sunday.

Leaving the Invercargill PlaceMakers car park, in Leven St, about 10.30am, the run would take a “scenic route” to the PlaceMakers car park in Gore.

Mr Boniface said it would be a leisurely ride which, depending on stops or coffee breaks, would end with a barbecue about noon.

The ride was held every two years, with the Southern Scooter Challenge from Bluff to Queenstown held each alternate year.

About 70 motorcyclists took part in the last ride, held in 2018, raising about $3000, “which is batting above our per capita in Southland”, he said.

Registrations would be accepted on the day from 9.30am, costing $20 which included a 2020 badge.

  • For more information, go to www.bikersinblue.org.nz or phone Reuben Boniface on 021 071 6543.
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