13th International Female Ride Day
- Charity Ride
Submitted by: Diana Amaro of H.O.G. Pretoria Chapter.
Saturday 04 May 2019:
06:00 – alarm goes off…
06:10 – coffee goes in…
06:30 – start dressing:
So started the 13th International Female Ride Day in support of cancer. An annual ride aimed at not only showing support to those affected by the dreaded disease, but also to raise awareness for the cause.
This year saw 207 bikes taking to the streets in waves of pink, purple, yellow, green and blue. Joining the host chapter, H.O.G. Pretoria, were Clearwater- and Johannesburg chapters. And, because it was an ’open ride’, friends and supporters from Steelwings Pretoria and Ulysses South Africa were also there to do their bit.
Although the pack represented mostly ballerinas, ladybugs and bees were also in attendance. And although the colour pink is universally associated with females, therefore, to see the male of the species well represented made it all the more special.
The ladies from HOG® Pretoria dutifully manned the registration stall, making sure riders were welcomed and assisted. Thank you to Sonja, Hess and Tanita
The ride went off without a hitch, thanks to the huge effort from the HOG® marshals, supported by emergency response personnel from Emer-G-Med, who looked after the safety of the riders.
Back at the Harley Davidson® dealership, colourful balloons were distributed and released all at once while riders revved their bikes, doing the impressive CANCER ROAR!
We were blessed to have three LOH® Officers in attendance representing their chapters - Elle, Stephanie and Colette.
THE BIG C
With breast cancer being the most common cancer in women worldwide and prostate cancer the most common among men, the focus of the day’s activities remained cancer. The shocking facts,1 according to the World Health Organisation, are:
- 327 000 women die of breast cancer each year (globally)
- 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed every year (globally)
- 4.4 million women are living with breast cancer (globally)
- 456 Asian females have breast cancer (SA only)
- 3 226 Black females have breast cancer (SA only)
- 1 169 Coloured females have breast cancer (SA only)
- 3 370 White females have breast cancer (SA only)
For men with prostate cancer:
- 184 Asian males (SA only)
- 2 833 Black males (SA only)
- 803 Coloured males (SA only)
- 3 238 White males (SA only)
Having been told that you have cancer has an impact on your life that can hardly be put into words. Then having to worry about money for treatment is an unbearable situation, with chemotherapy costing an estimated R140 000 for 6 cycles. It therefore comes as no surprise that many patients rely on donations to fund their treatment.
Cancervive is an entity that focusses its efforts toward fundraising and cancer awareness. Speaking to Debbie Baillie, a volunteer and manager at Cancervive, she explains that they focus on support of cancer- patients and survivors and educating people on early detection of cancer through care sessions and wellness days hosted at schools, clinics, government hospitals and rural areas.
She recalls losing her father to cancer 4 years ago and realising that she had very little knowledge of the disease, which moved her to get involved with Cancervive.
Gerrie Wannenburg from Montana in Pretoria told about the significance of his motorcycle’s number plate. He was riding for Adele Crear, who suffers from bone cancer, Cornelia Grobler, who was fighting breast cancer, Anni Grobler, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 but was now in remission and his good friend Allen, who had bone marrow cancer.
Valerie Mdhluli, Salomie Jafta, Bella Mfenyana and Annekie Pretorius from Harley-Davidson® Johannesburg attended the ride to show solidarity and support to sufferers and survivors, saying that cancer affects everybody at some point or another and that they were in their hearts and prayers.
Naomi Vom Hagen told us about her 48 year old sister Ilza Brits who died of a melanoma just days before the ride
Riders Tshidi Tshidzumba, Shamiso Gusha, Gale Green, DEE, Pat Watson, Shireen Tank, Lucy Nel and Adel Beirowski from Harley-Davidson® Clearwater was there to support women, family and in-laws who were affected by cancer. Both Gale and Pat lost their fathers to cancer while Shamiso had a cancer scare earlier in the year. She said, after seeing the support and love from others, that she wasn’t afraid anymore.
Debbie explained that Cancervive depended entirely on donations to fund their work and that they were looking to renovate a rural clinic in August 2019 to create a safe zone for cancer patients to receive treatment and support without having to worry about money.
Janice Malgas showed her support by way of a sign dedicated to her loved ones.
So…in the spirit of giving (for which motorcycle riders are renowned), Cancervive had an information kiosk where you could buy bits and bobs while the staff imparted some very useful information on cancer. All funds raised went to Cancervive outreach and information.
George Hansen from Harley-Davidson® Pretoria kindly donated a leather waistcoat signed by the legendary Willy G. Davidson, for auction. Tony Raffa won the auction and then, in true philanthropist style, donated it right back, to be auctioned again.
Registered participants went into a lucky draw for some awesome prizes.
- Ulundi won a voucher at Lagom Cafe
- Carol won a 2 night stay at the Fox & Hound Guesthouse in Dullstroom
After the formalities, friends and families enjoyed the warm weather, good food and live music well into the afternoon. All looking forward to next year!
Please note: Some photographs in the Gallery are from the Cape Town International Female Ride Day event. Thank you to chapter photographers from H.O.G. Cape Town and H.O.G. Tyger Valley, as well as Dieter Weise of H.O.G. Johannesbug.
Please hold your mouse over the Gallery photos to see captions!