Last Sunday cyclists from the Stewartry joined up with 20,000 other cyclists across the UK to raise wareness of Prostate cancer.
The local event was organised by the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas.
The community convener Robin Hogg commented:“the support of local people has been magnificent, everyone taking part was enthusiastic about raising awareness of Prostate cancer and doing so on Father’s Day was most appropriate.”
The weather was good as the 27 riders set off from the Market Hill, Castle Douglas. A good crowd of people had turned up to cheer the cyclists on their way. The participation of leisure cyclists alongside members of local cycling clubs including the stewartry wheelers and the Hardrock cycling club was the perfect combination to ensure the event appealed to a broad range of cyclists. The route took in visits to Dalbeattie, Auchencairn, Kirkcudbright, Gelston before returning to Castle Douglas and by this point the cyclists had completed a round trip of 37 miles.
The event was supported by local organisations including the Events First Aid and Rescue group from Glenlochar who gave their time for free to support Prostate Charity Scotland. In addition the Castle Douglas Parish Church supported the event by making the Church Hall available for post event refreshments which were gratefully received by the cyclists.
Prostate Scotland have passed on their thanks to the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas for this innovative way to both raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and Prostate disease as well as raining funds in aid of Prostate Scotland. In the Stewartry a total of £450 was raised through donations from those taking part and a financial contribution from Castle Douglas Rotary Club whose president Alan Murray said:“Rotary is committed to working in local communities with community organisations to make a difference to peoples lives and this event has gone a long way to raise awareness of the issues associated with Prostate Cancer and disease.”