In July 2011, a couple of men decided that it was a good idea to ride form Perth to Melbourne on motorbikes. This was not a new or novel idea. Many have travelled this path before and no doubt will again. But this is different and with a purpose for a cause.
Then it was agreed that it would be a better idea if these men rode “old postie bikes”, used red Honda CT110s which travel at the sedate speed of a maximum of approximately 80kph. The postie bikes allow the rider to cover approx.120 kms on one tank of petrol and would therefore provide an interesting challenge across the Nullabor. Apparently this had been done in 2010 by another group.
As men do, they told their friends and colleagues. Soon this group began to grow with interested parties expressing their desire to participate and share in this challenging journey. So a plan was hatched and formulated by the two leaders of this “pack”.
Which cause and charity needs financial support = all of them!!!! However, men’s health needs exposure, support and research. The blokes need your help.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation needs financial support to conduct research to find the cause, come up with the best solution and save our men from this disease.
The Male Bag Ride from Perth to Melbourne in April 2013 took 12 days of guts, determination, dedication and commitment by 32 assorted men on old postie bikes, sleeping in swags and committing to participate, support, donate and contribute to the Prostate Cancer Foundation research is now underway. The logistical issues soon mounted and tasks, assistance and support was sought and continues to be. These journeymen need all the help they can muster.
All riders have purchased their “used postie” bikes, roadworthy and registered their prized possession. Some have almost rebuilt them too. Riders have undertaken courses and passed their bike licence tests, now riding to gain experience, getting to know each other and committing to fund raising the Prostate Cancer Foundation Awareness for research.
The journey from Perth to Melbourne, for many this was the adventure of a lifetime the opportunity to ride motor bikes across Australia and along the journey we smashed the original target of $100,000 and we raised over $420,000 for PCFA.
A few months later Matt Stubbs took on the role of ride coordinator of the Tasmanian ride and again raise over $150,000, another fantastic achievement for PCFA. Throughout the rides the idea was floated to create our own foundation and today thanks to David Marshall and his team we have The Male Bag Foundation Ltd.