A group of Calgary motorcycle enthusiasts turned up in style in their finest three-piece suits and vintage clothing on Sunday to raise money for men’s health.
After two years of disruption and social distancing, the 11th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) was finally able to bring together more than 120 riders for the fundraiser.
The stands were set up at 1 p.m. Sunday as the group of motorcyclists rode through the southeastern community of Inglewood.
Just over $20,000 was raised, with proceeds going to support prostate cancer research and male suicide prevention through charity Movember Canada.
Deborah Kearns attended the event this year in memory of her late husband Dave, who died of prostate cancer in 2019.
“Dave was heavily involved in motorcycling and this was a great cause that was close to his heart, mostly because of the mental awareness,” said Kearns.
“Dave did the ride four or five times before passing and the last time he had brought his sidecar with him. He would be so impressed if he were still here, it would have meant the world to him.”
The DGR is an event that takes place in more than 100 countries and 800 cities worldwide. It was founded in Australia by Mark Hawwa who wanted to combine his love of motorcycles and fashion with fundraising.
In Calgary, event organizer Brian Smith says awareness of men’s health has grown significantly over the years.
“Prostate cancer is so deadly, and we also found that men have an extremely high suicide rate, so we thought we should devote a portion of our fundraising efforts to both of these causes and to helping men with their mental health issues,” he said.
“It’s become quite a popular event because it’s so much fun, everyone dresses up, you can show off and we always have the chance to meet up at a social event at the end.”
More than 1,500 riders from across Canada took part in this year’s event.