Long ride to Cairns

PERSONNEL from RAAF, Base East Sale, are hopping on their motorbikes to join the fight against prostate cancer.

The East Sale Easy Riders are supporting the Long Ride, raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.

With the main ride heading to Cairns this year, the East Sale contingent will ride to Canberra, Gunnedah and Eden and return from May 3 to 7.

The group will be in the Sale pedestrian mall this Friday and on April 12 with information about the Long Ride, with several motorcycles on display to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds to aid the foundation.

They have adopted a secondary title of ‘The Blowie Chapter’ in honour of a recently departed collegue claimed by cancer.

The group is hoping to raise $5000.

Donations can be made during their display in the Sale mall or online at pcfafundraising.org.au/east_sale_easy_riders

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancers, and the second greatest cause of cancer deaths in men.

More than 18,700 new cases were diagnosed in Australia and more than 2900 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer.

In the early stages, there are few symptoms of prostate cancer, however, if detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable.