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Bourne To Ride: Man Motorbikes Around NZ For Prostate Cancer

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Bourne To Ride: Man Motorbikes Around NZ For Prostate Cancer

On September 1st, Auckland grandfather John Bourne will begin a three week motorbike tour of the country covering from Cape Reinga to Invercargill for Blue September, the annual awareness campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

September is International Prostate Cancer Awareness month when countries all around the world encourage people to "get blue" for the boys and "face up" to a deadly disease that in New Zealand kills 600 men each year.

John Bourne says he is keen to help bring prostate cancer to the forefront because it is a disease that affects so many New Zealanders which can be prevented if caught early enough.

"Every year our fathers, grandfathers, sons and brothers die unnecessarily from prostate cancer and what's frustrating is that nearly half of these deaths could have been stopped through early detection. If this tour can get men to take notice of their health and help save the life of just one father, son or brother it would have been worth it," says John.

As a long-time adventurer and traveller and someone who is blessed with good health, John says he is frustrated with the blas approach to health that Kiwi men have and would like to see men taking themselves off for an annual health WOF check.

John says he is expecting up to 500 bikers wearing blue scarves to join him along the way as he tours the north and south islands of the country and urges others to take part along the way.

"It's a fantastic way to contribute to such an important cause like prostate cancer doing something you love with friends. What better way to get men to take notice of their health," he says.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand CEO, Keith Beck, says he is overwhelmed and humbled by the way businesses, schools, communities and individuals like John are getting behind the cause.

"John is an example of one of the many who are dedicating their time to help save the lives of others. This tour will hopefully not only raise money to help the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand fight this dreadful disease, but will draw the attention of men to the dangers of prostate cancer," says Keith.

John Bourne will be stopping at local Caltex stations along the way who are sponsoring him his petrol and accommodation. His full schedule and a real-time tracker can be found on his blog: www.coastridernz.com or www.blueseptember.org.

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