It was in 2012 when the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded by Australian Mark Hawwa. And since then this charity ride has grown exponentially. For this year’s ride, Triumph has created a special Bonneville, called ‘Dapper Bonnie DGR100’.
Phil Green, an A and E nurse from the Midlands who was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago, will ride this unique Bonnie across London on Sunday. Phil is a biker himself and has joined DGR and Movember to help raise awareness of men’s mental health, prostate cancer and the benefits of early detection.
Rufus Hound, Triumph ambassador, actor and comedian, unveiled the special Bonneville on Monday at the Bikeshed, where a launch was held for the worldwide charity event. The bike is based on the T100 model. It features a beautiful burnt orange colour, which just adds to its uniqueness. It also has a Harris Tweed seat and a selection of Triumph’s own aftermarket accessories.
Speaking at the event about DGR, Mark Hawwa said, “We knew that what we were doing was creating this amazing event, breaking stereotypes and getting men talking about their health on a global scale. 2012 was just about breaking stereotypes, but from 2013 we decided to support prostate cancer and in 2016 we partnered up with Movember. The mental health element came in because one of ride hosts took his own life back in 2015, so we decided to use a percentage of the funds to push mental health awareness and get guys talking about themselves. And this year we’ve actually doubled that to 20 per cent.”
Also present were Justin Coghlan, who helped found Movember back in 2003. He said, “On average a man will live, globally, 6 years less than women. And that’s through not getting early detected, not understanding what genetically can happen, that’s through diet, through exercise, through a bunch of things, which we know we can control and have effect with if we just get people educated and share that knowledge. By 2030, our aim is to reduce male suicide by 25 per cent and get men living six years longer. It’s about getting guys to step up and go through a process of looking after their own health, checking in and getting themselves sorted, just like women do.”