Charity bike ride described as brilliant

The public has been urged to join in with a Rotary event throughout the country
The public has been urged to join in with a Rotary event throughout the country

A move by Rotarians to help win the battle against prostate cancer through a special Father’s Day biking event, has been described as a “brilliant” way of raising awareness of the disease by Adam Gaines, director of Prostate Scotland.

Rotarians in the Northern half of Scotland want both the public and business leaders to help them “make history” with the special Father’s Day event in aid of the cancer charity.

Rotary clubs in an area stretching from Shetland to the Central Belt and from Stornoway to Peterhead are being urged to join in the bike ride on Sunday June 21 which is open to all-comers and part of a much larger event throughout Scotland and Great Britain and Ireland.

Adam Gaines said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland - it is likely to affect one in eleven men here.

“Rotary Ride 2015 is a brilliant way of raising awareness of prostate cancer, and raising funds to tackle the condition.

“This initiative by Rotary and Rotary Clubs across Scotland is fantastic and we thank them for going the extra mile to help raise awareness of prostate cancer the length and breadth of the country.”

Rotary’s District Governor for Northern Scotland, Keith Hopkins, has launched a special plea for everyone possible to join in the biking event and “help to make history.”

He underlined he wants not only Rotarians, but anyone who can summon up enough pedal power to take part.

He said: “If you want to join in and be a part of this unique event, why not look on the Rotary website and see which event you would like to join up with. There are many and in many parts of the country. New events are being added all the time.

Mr Hopkins said there were a number of ways people could take part. Businesses, for example, could set up static bikes in their premises on that day (or as close to it as possible) and see how far employees can cycle from, say, 7am to 10pm.

And Rotarians, with their friends, family and amateur cyclists, could simply cycle from their own Rotary club to one in a neighbouring town, establishing an effective relay event and meet up for fun and fellowship. They could set up static bikes in their town squares and challenge the public to have a go.

He added: “Safety measures need to be taken and that is why the events are being organised by Rotary Clubs. We are not encouraging people to do their own thing but to join others via your local Rotary Club. Each Rotary Club will be doing something different,”

Those interested in getting involved somehow or taking part and would like to join the Rotary event can register on line at http://www.rotary-ribi.org/

Keith Hopkins can be contacted on keithhopkins@hotmail.co.uk or Chris Upton on chris.upton4@btinternet.com.