Motorcyclist slashing stigma around common health concern
FOR the past seven years a local Nanango man has been part of a worldwide motorbike convoy raising funds for a worthy cause.
Since 2012 Graham Rattleledge has been riding in the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride that aims to create awareness for the prostate cancer research and men's mental health.
On Sunday, September 29 along side 500 other riders Mr Rattleledge will be joining the Brisbane group on the back of one of his mates bikes.
With over 55-years of riding under his belt Mr Rattledge is extremely proud to be part of a group that shines a light on a health issue which is usually deemed "the elephant in the room."
"We all need to get checked as we get older, of course, for prostate cancer in order to make sure if there's any problem, that it's rested early," Mr Rattleledge said.
"Now it's nothing that I'm embarrassed about because as we age we all have medical issues that we need to attend to."
"The ride is a great way to get people talking and hopefully it will help more people get checked," he said.
Starting at Old's Motorcycles on the Ipwisch Highway, the convoy will make their way through the suburbs of Brisbane and take the scenic route up to the Mt Coot-Tha look out.
The ride was established by avid motorcyle rider Mark Hawwa in 2012 as a publicity move to unite classic and vintage style motorcycle riders in Brisbane.
Since partnering with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 2013, every year Mr Rattleledge's fundraising efforts average at $1,600 and he is hoping for the same success this year.
Apart from raising money for the worthy cause, the devoted motorcyclists said the pure delight of being on the road gives him the most pleasure.
"Just the fact that I'm out there riding on the road gives me so much freedom," Mr Rattleledge said.
"There's a lot of people out there who put on the radio or ride with head phones.
"I've never ridden with any of that.
"You need to have your wits and senses about you when you're riding a bike.
"I love the adrenalin rush to get out there and the fun is in the corners when you can crank it around the bends."
The internationally recognised ride continues to achieve success on a global scale whilst raising millions of dollars for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Movember.
If you would like to help support Mr Rattleledge's prostate cancer research campaign, click here.