Get on your bike for Rotary’s battle against prostrate cancer

Rotary Charity Cycle
Rotary Charity Cycle

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

Newton Stewart is just one of the clubs across Scotland 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. This 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

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.”

As Mr Gaines underlined, prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland.

But over the past 20 years, the number of men surviving prostate cancer has doubled and survival rates are now 80%.

However, projections by the NHS show that the diagnosis of men with prostate cancer in Scotland is likely to rise by up to 48% in the ten years to 2020.

Newton Stewart Rotary President Ken McCubbin, 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 went on:

“What are you doing on Father’s Day this year?  If the answer is not a lot, why not get out and support the national Rotary Bike Ride event taking place throughout the whole of Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Awareness?

“The Rotary organisation is trying to break records themselves by getting thousands of people of all ages on bikes on this one day and will be encouraging them to ride thousands of miles on that day and be sponsored to raise as much as we can at this inaugural event.

“Hundreds of Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland are organising cycling events for the public to get involved.

“If you want to join in and be a part of this unique event you will be welcomed and can get sponsor forms from J and B Print, the Cycle shop or hotels where the Rotary Ride is being advertised.

“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 this organised event.”

Those interested in getting involved somehow or taking part and would like to join the Rotary event you can also register by contacting Rotarian Keith Best on his mobile 07882641958.

Or if you want further information from Prostate Scotland contact Tim Dawson on 07984 165251 or tim@timdawsn.demon.co.uk.