Rotary cycle fundraiser for prostate cancer charity

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Rotarians in Princes Risborough are calling on keen cyclists to take up the challenge to beat prostate cancer.

The fundraiser is being held on Father’s Day weekend, June 18 and 19, and will be part of a national campaign for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Rotary Phoenix Ride, starting from Ercol Furniture Ltd in Summerleys Road, is primarily a fun ride for family groups, although other groups and individuals are of course very welcome.

Entrance Fee for the Ride is £2 per person, with free entry for children at Primary School.

All entrants must be at least 5 years old and those aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from www.rcpr.org.uk, picked up in various outlets in the town or indeed, on the day you ride. Suggested minimum sponsorship is £20 per family.

Registration and start at Ercol Furniture from around 2pm to register and take part. Ride as far as you want along the trail and all rides must be completed by 5pm.

Princes Risborough Rotary president Keith Muras said: “Of course it’s not just fathers who are affected by this deadly disease, it’s friends, brothers, sons or even your neighbour.

That’s why we’re holding this ride in Princes Risborough to help support those affected by prostate cancer, and we felt Father’s Day weekend was a great time for people to spend quality time together while raising money and awareness for charity.”

He adds: “It is a chance for members of the public, no matter how young or old, to get on their bikes and join us. We wanted to create an event that members of the public and Rotarians alike could all get involved in - it is sure to be an incredible couple of days.”

This Rotary Ride is a nationwide event organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and will help to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that currently affects one in eight men during their lifetime, with over 250,000 men in the UK currently living with the disease. Rotary’s national cycling event returns this year bigger and better than ever after an incredible launch last year which saw over 20,000 riders take part from over 250 clubs.

Prostate Cancer claims the lives of up to 30 men each day in the UK and Ireland. It is one of the most common male-specific illnesses in the country, and the second biggest killer after lung cancer.