THE LONG RIDE AUSTRALIA

Raising Awareness of Prostate Cancer and Men's Health

Mens Health and Fundraising

Chris and Gail run the Long Ride from their Sydney home. They donate their time, energy and home to the running of the event to make sure that every cent raised goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. To date they have raised over 2 million dollars.  More importantly their efforts, and those of all the riders, have raised the issue of men's health in the communities the rides have passed through.

Facts about Prostate Cancer

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia (except for non-melanoma skin cancers) and the second greatest cause of cancer deaths in men. It is estimated that over 18,700 new cases were diagnosed in Australia. Tragically, more than 2,900 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer. In the early stages, there are few symptoms of prostate cancer; however, if detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable. This is why men aged 50 and over, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer should not wait for symptoms; they should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer - a simple step that could save your life.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia

The PCFA plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer and devotes all of it resources towards reducing the impact of prostate cancer on the community.  The  goal of the PCFA is to reduce the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, their families and the community; to represent the interests of all Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer.   The PCFA works to raise awareness and attract widespread financial support for the work of the Foundation to: fund research into the causes, detection, diagnosis and improved treatment of prostate cancer; to provide information, support and counselling to those affected by prostate cancer; and to raise community awareness of the incidence of prostate cancer, thereby encouraging earlier detection and more effective treatment of the disease. To learn more about the PCFA go to http://www.prostate.org.au/

Raising Donations

All donations are directed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA).  All donations are forwarded to the PCFA for research.   Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $1000.00 in donations from any source that you can.  Each rider is encouraged to seek sponsorship from any source for goods or prizes that you may raffle locally to add to the amount of donations you raise.  You may consider running BBQs, special dinners, seeking corporate sponsorships or just spreading the word about Prostate Cancer.  The method you choose also brings with it a responsibility to enjoy yourself and to ensure others know that you are making a difference in the operation to protect your menfolk.  If every rider or participant raised a $1000.00 each, what a difference this would make to you and to others.  All cheques must be made out to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.  The Every Day Hero site link for all direct donations for individuals, teams and Groups.