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CPL Max Bree
DEFENCE personnel from around
Australia pulled on leathers, jumped
on motorbikes and hit the road for the
2013 Long Ride to raise money and
awareness of prostate cancer.
About 120 Defence riders were
part of a 370-strong registered contin-
gent that rode from cities all over the
country and converged in Cairns on
The riders raised about $240,000
for the Prostate Cancer Foundation
of which almost $82,000 came from
Defence personnel and public servants.
WOFF Andy Godwin, a veteran
of two other Long Rides, was one of
six riders who made the journey from
RAAF Base Wagga to Cairns.
"It was put to me three years ago
and I thought 'what a great cause'. The
fact that Defence has come out in sup-
port is a huge part of it," he said.
The riders from Wagga raised more
than $3000 before setting off but faced
other hurdles on their way up north.
"Every day was a challenge in its
own way, whether that was roadworks
or roadkill," WOFF Godwin said.
"With the roadworks you basically
had to sit there and wait your turn.
"We saw plenty of roadkill on the
way -- kangaroos, wombats, emus ... We
even had to dodge a live snake at one
Riding a Yamaha FJR 1300, WOFF
Godwin handled the journey without
too much strain on his body.
"A couple of hours into each stage
the bum would get a bit sore but you'd
have a break for an hour, get back on
and it was good again," he said.
WOFF Godwin has ridden motor-
bikes on and off since he was young
but decided to get back in the saddle
for good over a decade ago.
"Twelve years ago I got back on
and won't ever get off. I enjoy any-
thing from day rides to long rides," he
said. "It was just great to be part of the
431 bikes riding into Cairns in support
of such a great cause."
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
rode for the first two days, from
Canberra to St George in Queensland
and was happy with the ADF's contri-
"This is an outstanding result. I'm
really proud of all the Defence mem-
bers who made the time and effort to
support this very important cause. It is
the largest amount Defence has raised
during a Long Ride for prostate can-
cer," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"Just as important was the com-
munity engagement along the way. As
riders travelled through regional areas,
they built awareness on the need for
vigilance on prostate cancer.
"Men in regional and rural areas
have a 21 per cent higher prostate can-
cer mortality rate than men in capital
on the road
AS A TEAM: Above,
CPL Kevan Pendelbury,
WOFF Steve Holland,
CPL Garry Stirling and
SGT Warwick Leven, of
RAAF Base Tindal, get
ready to ride.
Photo: LAC Terry Hartin
Robert Paget, centre,
with, from left, Lesley
drove the support
vehicle), FLTLT Dani
Christie and WOFF
of RAAF Base
Edinburgh, before the
Photo: CPL Colin Dadd
Risk put into perspective
IN AUSTRALIA, one in eight men will be diagnosed
with prostate cancer. With more than 56,000 military
members in Defence, 86 per cent of whom are
male, and more than 23,000 Defence APS staff of
whom 59 per cent are male, about 8000 of those
men could be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Left, VCDF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin and Paul
Brealey present the
winning raffle tickets
at a Show and Shine
fundraising event for the
Long Ride in Canberra.
Photo: CPL Jake Sims
THE date of the C-130E
on Page 15 of the
May 23 edition, was
incorrect. The date of
the reunion is July 19.
For full information on
the event, visit http://
PIG IN THE MIDDLE: From left, AIRMSHL
Errol McCormack (ret'd), SQNLDR Lynn
Howell, VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin,
DCAF AVM Leo Davies and WGCDR
Stan O'Donnell in front of F-111 A8-148 in
Gunnedah, NSW. The F-111 was en route
to Fighter World at Williamtown from RAAF
Base Amberley when the Long Riders
crossed its path.
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