Next Ride Sunday 9 September 2018
Auckland – Waikato – Wellington – Christchurch – Invercargill
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Date: Sunday 9 September 2018
Cities: Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch, Wellington & Invercargill.
Fee: $20 per rider pre-purchase or $30 on the day.
Registration includes: Ride entry, Bikers in Blue rocker (badges additional $10).
Bikers In Blue
The Bikers in Blue motorcycle ride is a symbol of support for the many people who have been affected by prostate cancer, this September we are calling for all bikers to register for this fun filled event and soar through the streets in support of Kiwi men. Bikers will ditch their traditional black leathers for wacky blue outfits to raise funds to help with prostate cancer research and support those living with the disease. This is a great opportunity for fellow bikers to come together to enjoy a day of fun for a great cause. Join us in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Christchurch or Invercargill, and let’s hit the road for prostate cancer.
Start: 9.30am PlaceMakers, 481 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga
End: PlaceMakers, 59 Tavern Rd, Silverdale
Start: 9.30am PlaceMakers, 84-88 Clarence St, Hamilton City
End: PlaceMakers, 25 MacDonald St, Mt Maunganui
Start: 9.30am PlaceMakers, 15 John Seddon Dr, Todd Park, Porirua
End: PlaceMakers, 38 Tacy St, Evans Bay
Start: CMG Motorcylces, 122 St Asaph Street
End: PlaceMakers, 17 Kakarau Rd, Kaiapoi
Start: 9.30am PlaceMakers, 85 Liddel St, Invercargill
End: PlaceMakers, 10 Fairfield St, Gore
Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand is the main charity that focuses on both prostate and testicular cancers in New Zealand. The Foundation actively promotes public awareness of these diseases particularly through the annual Blue September campaign. We provide support for men and their families who are living with the disease, fund research that will improve diagnosis and treatment, and advocate for patients. With no Government funding, we appreciate the support of our supporters, donors and sponors.
Ray Woolf MNZM
Ray Woolf is one of New Zealand’s most well-known entertainers. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago during routine blood tests, while managing Type 1 diabetes. Ray had surgery in 2012, is now prostate cancer-free and encourages other men to be proactive and have regular checks.
Auckland – Chris Gregory
I love the outdoors and seek any opportunity I can to get on two wheels. I change bikes like I change underwear, often, and my stable currently consists of scooter, KTM Duke 690r, and a 1981 Moto Guzzi V50. The bike, originally from the UK has been in New Zealand for 5 years, and was in need of some TLC. It’s a great urban commuter and loves to churn the hills on SH16. My beloved Harley Sportster (as in picture) is just a memory now. I’m a passionate supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and only too happy to put my time and energy into supporting the work they do. Several of my close friends have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one is currently undergoing chemo treatment for an advanced case. I’m only too happy to do what I can do to drive the message home. If you haven’t had a check-up, do it! Blokes tend to get their bikes serviced more often than they get themselves checked up – if you haven’t had a prostate check, do it this month and support Bikers in Blue.
Waikato – Dean McMillan & Bush Barton
Dean (right) and Bush (left) have both been riding motorcycles since they were 15 years old, and always keen to ride and support fundraising events like Bikers in Blue, a great opportunity to give back to a great cause. Dean says he is now of age and feels this topic needs to be made more aware to kiwi males,. He is partaking in this ride to pass on the message ‘ get annual checkups, it’s the cool thing to do’. Bush works for St John Ambulance, currently riding with other emergency servicemen and women on a social basis. Prostate cancer awareness is a hot topic for him, he wants to be around for a few more years riding. He has annual checks and encourages other men to do the same.
Wellington – Neil Brocklehurst (Real Aotearoa)
Neil Brocklehurst is the founder and senior tour guide at Real Aotearoa and has been riding motorcycles since he was 13 years old. Neil sees Bikers in Blue as a Real opportunity to get involved in something that effects far too many Kiwi blokes. By raising funds and riding together you can not only assist with the research but also increase awareness of this treatable disease. There’s nothing unmanly about being involved or getting an annual check-up!
Christchurch – Aidan Boniface
I clearly remember my first ride on a motorcycle at 9 years of age and I was hooked! Nearly 40 years later I still get that same thrill every time I press the starter. I haven’t been affected personally by prostate cancer, but I know quite a few men that have, and there is a common theme amongst them. Once they come to terms with their diagnosis they want to squeeze as much as they can out of life….and life on a motorcycle is truly living! If our ride can encourage just one man to get checked then it’s a success, but we also need to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation so that they can support men fighting this disease.
Invercargill – Reuben Boniface (Blue Knights)
A motorcyclist for 25 years, Reuben enjoys the comararderie and banter of riding with others. He is the Regional Director for the Blue Knights motorcyle club and supports safe riding practices at all times. He became involved in Bikers in Blue in 2016, and ran the only event in the South Island. Reuben encourages all blokes, biker or not, to take their health seriously and join them in whatever way they can, to raise awareness and funds for this worthwhile cause.
Ride Leader Expression of Interest
Are you a Leader of the Pack?
We want to take Bikers in Blue nationwide. If you’re interested in leading a ride in your area please get in touch via the contact form.
- All routes to be mapped out and published in advance.
- Ride leaders to undertake a safety briefing at the start of the ride.
- Organisers to arrange a sweeper vehicle in the event of a breakdown or accident.
- Riders to ensure that their bikes are in working order and meets the road safety standards of New Zealand.
- Riders to ensure that they have the correct safety equipment including helmet and goggles.
- Inappropriate riding will not be accepted – riders are to remain in a group behind the lead vehicle/rider at all times.
- Where possible, the ride will commence and finish at a PlaceMakers branch – ride leaders to ensure that there is suitable shelter, drinks and food.