The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride turns ten

THE Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride unites classic- and vintage-style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate-cancer research and men’s mental health.

The ride was founded in Sydney in 2012 by Mark Hawwa. After inspiration from a photograph featuring classic suits and vintage motorcycles, Mr Hawwa decided that a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of motorcyclists and connect the global motorcycling community while raising funds for a cause important to every rider.

Greg Mansell, of The Mansell Collection, hosted this year’s DGR in Jersey on 30 May, which rallied 50 riders together to ‘ride dapper’ and support the cause.

‘It’s been fantastic to be a part of DGR for the second year running. However, this year we took on the important duty of hosting the event. It all ran brilliantly, and it was fun to ride out with like-minded gentlemen and women. We’re very excited to build our charitable base for DGR over the coming years.’

The Ramp’s team – who sell motorcycles at The Mansell Collection – raised £592.60 this year.

Since 2012, the event has connected hundreds of thousands of classic- and vintage -style motorcyclists from over 100 countries around the world and to date has raised $27.45 million for men’s health. In 2021, the DGR is hoping to raise a further $2.55 million for charity beneficiary Movember, bringing its decade of fundraising to a grand total of $30 million.

Justin Coghlan, Movember’s co-founder, said: ‘The past 12 months has been a difficult time for everyone, but we have seen that during adversity a sense of togetherness is more important than ever.

‘The DGR community united last year, overcoming physical barriers, riding dapper and going all out for Movember and men’s health. As we move forward in 2021 it will unfortunately be evident that in the aftermath of the pandemic some men will be more fragile and at risk than ever before. As a result, we will lose fathers, brothers and sons to prostate cancer and suicide.

‘DGR is an essential part of helping Movember to fund prostate-cancer research and mental-health programmes that will save the lives of men. Now more than ever we need the DGR community to ride dapper and donate to the cause to stop men dying too young’

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