A Perth man and his four mates have raised almost $18,000 for the men’s health charity the Movember Foundation by riding from Fremantle, all the way to Sydney, WA Today reports.
Bruce Sharman, 60, and his ‘On the Road’ team of four fellow riders – Bruce Larsen, Jeff Condon, Angus Anderson and Steve Ibbotson – did the 4091km journey in eight days.
They left Fremantle on September 13 and arrived in Sydney on September 21.
Mr Sharman said one of the reasons he wanted to complete the ride to Sydney was to honour his late father, who died from breast cancer and who also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his war experiences.
“Dad went through the second world war. He was given the job of burning corpses at concentration camps, so I think he suffered mentally for most of his life,” Mr Sharman said.
“And then at the end of his life he got breast cancer – I didn’t even know men could get breast cancer.”
On Sunday, Mr Sharman also joined more than 600 other riders as part of Perth’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which raised $91,000 locally for the men’s health charity.
Globally, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – which is the world’s largest motorcycle charity ride – saw more than 91,000 people take part and raise more than $4.6 million.
Bruce Sharman (centre) and his On the Road team completed an eight day journey from Perth to Sydney. Photo: Movember Foundation