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Army June 6, 2013
Cpl Max Bree
ONE in five men will develop pros-
tate cancer by the age of 85, which
means the disease could hit more
than 10,000 personnel currently
serving in the ADF.
With this in mind, personnel from
around Australia pulled on leathers,
jumped on motorbikes and hit the road
for the 2013 Long Ride to raise money
for and awareness of prostate cancer.
About 120 Defence riders were part
of a 370-strong contingent that rode
from cities all over the country and con-
verged in Cairns on May 11.
The riders raised about $240,000
for the Prostate Cancer Foundation,
of which almost $82,000 came from
Defence personnel and public servants.
Among the Defence riders was
a three-man team from the Defence
Police Training Centre at Holsworthy
made up of Wg-Cdr Andrew Roberts,
Maj Brett Cooper and CPO Martin
While Wg-Cdr Roberts and CPO
McCutcheon were regular motorcycle
riders, Maj Brett Cooper hadn’t ridden
a motorbike in 35 years, but was loaned
one for the journey.
I sold it and just drove a car,” he said.
“It was a bit nerve-racking but I had a
month to get my skills up before the
“The ride itself was surprisingly
good. It’s a lot better doing a long ride
like that through the bush than through
On the way to Cairns Maj Cooper
and his fellow riders had to brave their
share of hazards.
“You’d come over a hill doing
100kph and there’s a herd of cattle on
the road, you come to a stop and have
a staring competition and they move or
they don’t move,” he said.
“And if there’s emus you just have
to stop because you never know what
they’re going to do.”
Before the trip the DPTC team
raised more than $1000 in one
morning by taking donations at the
front and back gates of Holsworthy
Barracks helping the total to $4500
between the three riders.
VCDF, Air-Mshl Mark Binskin
rode for the first two days, from
Canberra to St George, Queensland,
and was happy with the ADF’s
“This is an outstanding result, I’m
really proud of all the Defence members
who made the time and effort to support
this very important cause. It is the larg-
est amount Defence has raised during a
Long Ride for prostate cancer,” he 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 cancer
mortality rate than men in capital cities.”
Riders raise awareness
Strong ADF participation helps Long Ride collect $240,000 for prostate cancer programs
Bikers: From left, CO DPTC Wg-Cdr Andrew Roberts, CPO Martin McCutcheon and Maj Brett Cooper tackle a country road on their way to Cairns
during the Long Ride.
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