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Rotary UK Father’s Day Ride 2015

Rotary Clubs across Wales say On Your Bike to Prostate Cancer this Father’s Day

With Prostate Cancer claiming the lives of up to 30 men each day in the UK, it’s one of the most common male-specific illnesses in the country, and the second biggest killer after lung cancer.

That’s why this Father’s Day (June 21st) thousands of charity supporters from across Wales and the rest of the UK and Ireland will gather en masse to get on their bike and take part in the national fundraising effort and biggest cycling event of its kind, the ‘Rotary Ride’.

Organised by Rotary International In Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary Ride will raise money for vital research to combat the disease, which affects one in eight men during their lifetime. Over 300,000 men in the UK are currently living with Prostate Cancer.

Families and individuals across the country are being encouraged to join the already registered 20,000 riders and take part in a ride across the UK and Ireland to help fundraise for this life-saving research.

Members of the public are invited to take part by joining in an event local to them and there is a range of rides to choose from including family fun rides, enthusiast coastal routes and even static rides at local gyms and sports centres.

With four charities on board – Prostate Cymru, Prostate UK, Prostate Scotland, and Irish Cancer Society – the Rotary Riders are aiming to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the crucial work of these four organisations.

Nick Corke, organiser of the Rotary Ride, explains: “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 we’re holding this ride to help support those affected by prostate cancer, and we felt Father’s Day was a great way for people to spend quality time together while raising money and awareness for charity.”

He adds: “It is a chance for members of the public, no matter how young or old, to get on their bikes and join us. We wanted to create an event that members of the public and Rotarians alike could all get involved in and with over 20,000 participants signed up so far, it is sure to be an incredible day.”

Andy Thomas, Chairman of Prostate Cymru commented “We have always enjoyed strong links with the Rotary Clubs in Wales, and were therefore delighted to see the Rotary Ride 2015 supporting Prostate Cymru in raising funds and awareness to support the fight against prostate disease. It will make a real difference in the fight against the most common cancer in men in Wales. We would like to thank all the Rotary clubs involved, and wish everyone taking part every success with their challenge”.

If you want to get involved in Rotary Ride 2015, log on to www.rotaryride.org.uk to find your nearest event.

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