On Sunday, September 25th 2016, tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide will don their cravats, tweak their mustaches, press their tweed and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer research and suicide prevention.
Riding Dapper for a Cause: Where we’ve come from and where we’re headed
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
- In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US) for prostate cancer research.
- In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (US) for prostate cancer research.
- In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research.
Influenced by the tragedy of losing one of our ride hosts to depression, 2016 will see a change in our health goals. Now, the funding of suicide prevention programs is a DGR focus, in addition to prostate cancer research through our new official charity partner The Movember Foundation and the support of our title sponsors Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.
Johannesburg South Africa Event.
Date: 25 September 2016
8:30am News Café Woodmead.
Departure Time: 9:30 am
- 1st Stop - News Café Woodmead
Like every year we meet up at Woodmead News Café bright and early. If you are planning on having a conventional breakfast, please be there at 8:30pm. If you are running late there will be quick coffee and muffin on the go. Kickstands up at 9:30am.
- 2nd Stop - Kensington Club, ETA- 10:00am
The Kensington Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in the golden city. At the Bowling club we will enjoy a couple of cold refreshments. Kickstands up at 11:00.
- 3rd Stop – Mad Giant Brewery, ETA – 11:30pm
Mad Giant is situated in the heart Joburg, “Our beers are bold, audacious and brewed to smack a smile on your face.” Food can also be bought from the market at the sheds. Kickstand up 12:30pm
- Final Stop- Rim and Rubber Assembly
The friendly folks at Rim and Rubber organised a 2-piece band for entertainment on the final stop. A special menu will also be available on the on the day.