Peter's long ride home to mark Movember
HIS own experience with prostate cancer has spurred on Hope Island motorcyclist Peter Campbell to educate other men about the disease.
Peter is achieving this through a seven-day-long ride on Harleys from the Gold Coast to Townsville and back again - which started on November 13 - under the Movember umbrella.
"We'll have 12 bikes and a support vehicle with three girls on board," he said.
"The support vehicle is to carry the t-shirts, caps, oil and all the other goodies being donated as giveaways.
"I am riding and have been since about 1958.
"I love bikes and especially Harleys."
Peter has been a member of the Gold Coast Harley Owners Group since 2002.
He says the group is heavily involved in charity work.
"Even though I have been supporting Movember for a number of years, I don't believe this charity has enough exposure, not like breast cancer and the amount of exposure those women's charities have," Peter said.
"Today, there are more men dying from prostate cancer than women dying from breast cancer and, sadly, men do very little about it - hence the ride to Townsville and back.
"All the Harley dealers in Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Brisbane/Gold Coast are running fundraising functions for us at each town and city, and the additional sponsors I have on board so far include Mobil Oil, Gold Coast Titans, Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, Gold Coast Mercedes Benz, Hannay Lawyers, A Special Occasion Rolls Royce Hire, Grace Cosmetics and Pro Ma Systems and there will be more."
The ride is expected to put at least $10,000 into the Movember Foundation's coffers.
"What I'm trying to do is give Movember more exposure than they've had in the past," Peter said.
"Blokes don't do enough for this sort of thing.
"I plan to set something in place that will educate men living with prostate cancer."
For more details about the ride, call Peter on 0417 337 777.