Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Malta raises €13,825 for men’s health

Michael Vella

On Sunday 29th September Malta took part in the largest charitable motorcycle ride with other 120,000 distinguished gentlefolk in over 700 cities worldwide to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, suicide prevention and men’s mental health.

Over 250 local riders registered for the ride from Siggiewi to the National Aquarium in Qawra and €13,825 has been raised so far, as, even though the ride is now over, the fundraising profiles of each rider will be open until the end of October and able to accept funds.

What is the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride?

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Hawwa decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, while connecting niche motorcycle communities together.

That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.

The ride is free however riders were encouraged to donate to the cause as well as consider helping reach their fundraising goals by getting friends, family and colleagues to donate via their personal fundraising page.

All participants had to register via the DGR website in order to participate. Each city had a ride host assigned to help with the running of the event accordingly; for the the third consecutive year, Malta’s ride host was Matthew Camilleri.