Ride Leaders 2020
Bikers in Blue Ambassador Ray Woolf MNZM is one of New Zealand’s more well-known entertainers. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, picked up during routine blood tests (he had no symptoms) while managing Type 1 Diabetes. Ray had surgery in 2012, is now cancer free and encourages other men to be proactive and have regular checks. Ray will be joining us on the Auckland Ride again this year.
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 a scooter, MV Augusta Brutale, Harley Davidson Forty Eight and KTM Duke 690r. 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
Dean (right) and his mate 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’. Dean 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.