Rotary Ride aims to save lives

Pictured are Rotarians Ken Barlow and Keith Best
Pictured are Rotarians Ken Barlow and Keith Best

This Father’s Day Weekend Newton Stewart Rotary Club will join thousands of charity supporters from across the UK.

They will get on their bike and take part in the national fundraising effort and biggest cycling event of its kind, the ‘Rotary Ride’.

Newton Stewart Rotary Club is urging members of the public to put on their cycling gear and join them at Riverside Road Car Park, Newton Stewart to take part in their Rotary Ride to raise money for Prostate Cancer Scotland. A massed start is timed for 12 noon Saturday, June 18.

The route will be 26 miles, from Riverside Carpark, via cycle route to Carty, Moss Of Cree Road to Wigtown, Wigtown B733 to Mochrum Park, Mochrum Park to East Knockbrex, East Knockbrex to B7027 Challoch, A714 Challoch to Riverside Road Car Park

This Rotary Ride is a nationwide event organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and will help to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that currently affects one in eight men during their lifetime, with over 300,000 men in the UK currently living with the disease.

Rotary’s national cycling event returns this year bigger and better than ever after an incredible launch last year which saw over 20,000 riders take part from over 250 clubs.

Of course it’s not just fathers who are affected by this deadly disease, it’s friends, brothers, sons or even your neighbour.

That’s why the club is holding this ride in Newton Stewart to help support those affected by prostate cancer, and felt Father’s Day weekend was a great time for people to spend quality time together while raising money and awareness for charity.

Many hundreds of people across Scotland – including Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Newton Stewart – are set to receive awareness information this weekend from Rotary Club members.

The information can help towards saving lives from prostate cancer.

Adam Gaines, director of Prostate Scotland said: “We are inspired by the response of Rotarians across Scotland. They have recognised that encouraging more people to think about prostate issues can be a real life saver.

“Their support for information campaigns, research and cutting-edge equipment is vital too. But the critical first step for individuals who might be at risk is often receiving information about the issue recognizing symptoms, perhaps using the symptom self-test facility on the Prostate Scotland website, and knowing where to get help from. Rotary Clubs are potentially making a huge difference to hundreds of people’s lives.