Calgary motorcyclists don Sunday Best for men’s health fundraiser

Calgary bikers dressed up for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday

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With their suits freshly ironed and vintage rides out of winter storage, more than 100 dashing Calgary motorcyclists donned their best bibs and tuckers as they rode through downtown on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness and funds. for men’s mental health.

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“We ride around town dressed in suits and ties and raise money and have fun,” said Brian Smith, 10-time participant and assistant organizer of Calgary’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a fundraiser annual which supports the men’s health charity. Movember.

Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman's Ride along 9th Ave SE.  Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer.  Sunday May 22, 2022.
Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride along 9th Ave SE. Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer. Sunday May 22, 2022. Brendan Miller/Postmedia

After a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, local motorcycle enthusiasts pulled out their ties and hit the road again in lavish style for the global event’s first group ride since 2019. Riders waved their most stylish gear, some on classic vintage bikes to complete the look.

The approximately 120 smartly dressed cyclists who took part in Sunday’s event in Calgary helped raise approximately $20,000 for Movember.

“Over the past 10 years and 11 DGRs later, we have raised tremendous amounts for men’s health, developing strong community ties and cause-related programs that have helped thousands of men around the world. “, said Mark Hawwa, founder of the Distinguished Gentleman’s. Trip to Australia in the early 2010s.

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Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman's Ride along 9th Ave SE.  Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer.  Sunday May 22, 2022.
Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride along 9th Ave SE. Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer. Sunday May 22, 2022. Brendan Miller/Postmedia

Money raised from previous events has also funded initiatives that support the motorcycling community itself through projects aimed at improving the social connections, life satisfaction and mental well-being of motorcyclists.

According to the organizers, more than 100,000 people take part in the hike each year in more than 100 countries and 800 cities around the world. Canadian cyclists have raised over $2.5 million for various Movember initiatives since the organization partnered with the race in 2016. Globally, that figure stands at over $45 million. raised for men’s health since the start of the annual fundraiser.

Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman's Ride along 9th Ave SE.  Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer.  Sunday May 22, 2022.
Over one hundred motorcyclists participate in the 11th Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride along 9th Ave SE. Dressed and groomed, the runners hit the downtown streets to raise more than $23,000 for Movember, a global charity that supports men battling prostate cancer. Sunday May 22, 2022. Brendan Miller/Postmedia

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