Call to get on your bike for prostate cancer charity

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

Rotary clubs in an area stretching from Stornoway and Shetland to the Central Belt are organising a bike ride on Sunday June 21st – Father’s Day.

Rotary’s District Governor for Northern Scotland, Keith Hopkins, has launched a special plea for everyone possible to join in: “Let’s try to stage this event to both raise awareness of prostate cancer and to raise funds into research of this disease, but we need your help.”

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

The hope is that Olympic and Commonwealth cycling stars will lend their backing to the event which is set against the grim statistic that across the UK, every hour one man dies from prostate cancer.

Mr Hopkins explained that on Father’s Day, Rotary in Scotland and nationally is initiating a day’s bike ride on roads, cycle paths, in parks and on static bikes to see how many people can ride a bike on that one day; how far they can travel; for how many hours and how much they can raise.

“Here in Scotland we are supporting Prostate Scotland and we are looking to get the communities involved in what is fast becoming one of the most popular family pastimes.

“There are many cycling clubs in most towns and cities and we are seeking their help and support with the technical parts of organising a cycling event.

“Rotary in this District 1010 in Scotland has 88 clubs and nearly 3000 members.

“ Nationally we have 50,000 members in 1800 clubs and hopefully each club will be involved to make history. But we also want as many members of the public as possible to boost that number.

“For we might be able to say that on one day in June 2015, the Rotary organisation, throughout the UK and Ireland, organised a cycling event which had, say, half a million people on bikes, riding for half a million hours, covering a million miles and raising £1,000,000 for prostate cancer. Wouldn’t that be awesome?”

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.

“See how many miles a person can cycle in one hour; how many miles can you as an individual and company employees travel in one hour on one bike, taking it in turns and maximise the miles you travel over that period, or shorter or longer.

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.”

To join the Rotary event register at: www.tinyurl.com/RotaryBikeRide