Funds raised by The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride are invested into prostate cancer and men’s mental health initiatives around the world through our official charity partner, Movember.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale. Since partnering with Movember in 2016, we’ve invested over AUD $34 million into cutting-edge research into prostate cancer tests and treatments, initiatives that improve quality of life for men living with the disease and innovative men’s mental health projects.
DGR funding has enabled Movember to support projects in: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Men’s mental health and suicide prevention
On average, across the world, we lose one man every minute to suicide – half a million men every year. We’re working towards a world where men of all ages understand what mental health is, what they need to do to manage their wellbeing and feel comfortable asking for support when they need it. Funds raised by the DGR community are invested in building evidence for and scaling community-based men’s health programs.
Veterans & First Responders Programs
First responders and military veterans are at greater risk than the general population for both poor mental health and suicide. Programs that are designed to support these groups, which are properly validated and backed by strong evidence, could improve, or even save lives. Through the Veterans & First Responders Program (VFR), DGR has provided support for community-based programs that improve support for veterans and first responders across the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Social Connections Challenge
Having strong social connections are a key protective factor for men against anxiety, depression, and suicide. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Social Connections Challenge is aiming to find better ways for motorcyclists to build strong connections with each other and combat the inherently isolating nature of riding. Community projects across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US have been awarded DGR funding to help them to develop, test and pilot their ideas.
Globally, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men – with 1.4million men diagnosed with the disease every year. Over 10million men around the world are now living with or beyond a prostate cancer diagnosis. DGR funding has enabled Movember to invest in world class biomedical research that leads to new tests and treatments particularly for men with high-risk disease, while Movember’s global clinical quality registries help clinicians improve treatment and reduce harmful side effects.
There are big gaps in prostate cancer care – the reality is that who you are and where you live dictates the quality of care you receive. With the support of DGR funding, Movember is on a mission to change that. Clinical quality registries such as the TrueNTH Global registry and IRONMAN gather detailed information about how a man is faring during and after his treatment, allowing clinicians to see how their patients compare with best practice around the world and improve the care they can offer.
Thanks to DGR support, Movember has been able to support a range of biomedical research projects around the world aimed at improving the quality of life, or even extending the lives of men with the disease. DGR finding has supported precision medicine projects that aim to help doctors select treatments that are matched to a man’s prostate cancer such as PARP inhibitors or PSMA-targeted radiation therapy, giving him the chance of surviving the disease for longer. Personalised care also reduces the number of men wasting time on treatments that will never work for them and focus instead on treatments with the greatest chance of success.
Your funds are already having an impact on men around the world. With your help Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride will build on these crucial investments and continue to fund even more ground-breaking projects. For a breakdown of all funded projects to date with Movember and to explore the projects in more detail, download our investment report below.