The 2018 Male Bag Ride in October took us into southern and central NSW, which was experiencing the effects of long term drought. In addition to these difficulties the region also has a very significant incidence of prostate cancer.
18 riders took on the 2,600km, 8 day ride. We were supported by a 6 person support crew travelling in 2 Nissan Utes and a Budget truck. These support vehicles were generously provided by two of our sponsors, Nissan and Budget. During the ride we held a number of functions and met with many local prostate cancer support groups from various towns and Parliament House, Canberra. Through these encounters it was clear we were focusing on a region with a great need.
Through sponsorship and donations the 2018 Big Ride raised in excess of $150,000. This has enabled The Male Bag Foundation to partner with 3 hospitals in the region, each to purchase their region’s first transperineal biopsy machines. Our commitment to each of these was $60,000 for Griffith Base Hospital, $60,000 for Dubbo Health Service and $30,000 for Riverina Day Surgery in Wagga Wagga. We believe these three partnerships will provide the greatest benefit for all men in this region and we are proud to be a partner in offering this support.