Motorbike enthusiasts are being encouraged to hit the road this Sunday to raise awareness for men's mental health.
The Mount Isa Distinguished Gentleman's Ride will take place on Sunday September 27 at 9am as part of a global movement to raise funds and awareness for men's mental health.
Mount Isa Distinguished Gentleman's Ride organiser Robert Mathieson, said the solo ride was a bit of fun to raise awareness for a worthwhile cause.
"Over the last few years, this event has built up in Mount Isa with upwards of 50 riders taking part last year," Mr Mathieson said.
"It hits close to home for me for a few different reasons. I have lost friends and family from cancer. And men's mental health is a big thing for me for personal reasons being a military veteran.
"This is a great opportunity for local riders to dust off their bikes, get all dapper and have a nice ride around town."
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Mr Mathieson said due to COVID-19 restrictions, mass groups of riders were not permitted.
"Due to COVID-19 they have initiated this ride as a solo ride, with only a passenger on the bike or side car, and one other motorbike. We do not encourage rides in big groups," he said.
"Just go out for a lap around town to raise awareness for men's mental health.
"Riders can register on the Facebook Group as there are some big prizes to be won with the national event including motorcycles."
The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride was established in 2012 in Sydney and first created to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
"A man down there decided to do a vintage ride, with classic motorcycles and get dressed up to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer," Mr Mathieson said.
"The first ride was 3000 riders in Sydney, now it's over 104 countries and 100,000 riders annually."
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