The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride charity was founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012 by Mark Hawwa. He saw a photo of Don Draper from Mad Men, which inspired him to want to eliminate the negative attitude towards men on a motorcycle, while bringing men and the motorcycle community together. The first event took place in 2012 and managed to accumulate a total of 2,500 riders from 64 different cities. It was this success from the first event that made the founder consider how the program could be used to aid a worthy cause. It was then that the group changed into a recognized organization that supports men’s health.
This progress was witnessed again when 11,000 participants from 145 cities across the globe raised over $277,000 in 2013. In the following year, the project brought together 20,000 participants from 257 different cities in 58 countries, and managed to collect $1.5 million. That’s quite a difference in just one year! In 2015, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride managed to raise $2.3 million. The number of participants in that year increased to 37,000, from 410 cities in 79 countries across the world. Finally, in 2016, the number of participants increased tremendously to 56,000 from 505 cities in 90 different countries. During this year, $3.6 million was raised and used for the prostate cancer research and men’s mental health program.
Since losing one of their partners in 2016 to depression, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride added funding for men’s mental health programs, in addition to prostate cancer research. The foundation has acquired a new charity partner, The Movember Foundation, who are also helping them to fund their programs. This foundation also hosts their own events to help raise funds for prostate and testicular cancers, as well as mental health care and awareness.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is categorically a men helping men program, known for riding motorcycles for men’s health. The project currently funds prostate cancer, which is the second most dangerous health concern for men. This is combined with the efforts of the Movember Foundation, which is the largest funder of prostate cancer charities in the world.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is also concerned with suicide prevention in men. The statistics indicate that 510,000 men die every year globally from suicide. It is for this reason that the organization has decided to participate in funding men’s mental health. The aim of the organization is for people not to take their own lives, by working to improve their mental conditions, which will assist in minimizing the cases of suicidal acts around the world.
In 2017, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride will take place on September 24th, where thousands of men are expected to come out and join hands together on the ride to save men’s lives. The program is also in place to raise awareness between men themselves, as a group. The organization hopes that creating awareness will cause men to come out and check their health status and to improve their living conditions. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a seven day ride, every year, where men ride to fundraise on their Triumph Motorcycles, wearing their Zenith Watches, who are both sponsors of this great event.