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November 24, 2011
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SERVING, former and APS Air Force
members rode their motorbikes more
than 3900km from November 5 to
12 as part of the annual men's health
event known as the Long Ride.
More than 300 bikes participated
to raise awareness of prostate cancer
and men's health problems.
Although the final figure is yet to
be tallied it is expected that more than
$175,000 was raised through dona-
tions for the Prostate Cancer Research
Riders and their pillions from
Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney,
Melbourne and Tasmania converged
on Sydney on November 12.
An Air Force crew from Sydney,
Richmond, Tamworth and Williamtown
regions rode their bikes from Sydney
through 27 NSW and Victorian country
towns, then back to Sydney.
RAAF Base Richmond raised
$2847 and RAAF Base East Sale
NSW Ride commander WGCDR
Chris Phelan said the Long Ride,
although great fun, was not without its
"Every stop saw the local commu-
nity welcoming the riders and many
community groups took the opportu-
nity to make a significant donation,"
WGCDR Phelan said.
"Friendships were made and
strengthened and in the process we
were able to do our bit for the fight
against prostate cancer."
Former CAF AIRMSHL Errol
McCormack completed the ride and
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
joined the ride on November 11 and
rode from Sale to Canberra.
AIRMSHL Binskin said raising
awareness of prostate cancer was
important for all males and that at one
time or another most families would
be impacted by the silent, malignant
"One in nine men will contract
prostate cancer sometime in their life,"
AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"I've lost a number of friends to
cancer over the years.
"The Long Ride is a terrific event
and I am pleased to do my part in
raising awareness of prostate cancer
among Defence personnel."
Riders with a cause
ROARING TO GO: Above, FLTLT
Ken Baker from Air Lift Group
and members of RAAF Base
Richmond pose before setting
out; left, WOFF Ian Upton at the
Great Ocean Road memorial;
and right, members stop for a
breather. Photos: FSGT Craig Sharp
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