DYKES on Bikes in Melbourne recently played a pivotal role in helping raise $12,000 for the Pink Ribbon Ride.

The money raised from the event, which saw 400 bikes take part and was organised by the Point Cook Motorcycle club, will contribute to the work in screening and support programs, education, clinical services and research for the Breast Cancer Institute.

DOB Melbourne president Jo Bangles said the event was an important cause for the club, because many members have been affected by cancer in some way – whether it be themselves, their partners, friends or family.

“Knowing you are raising money by doing what you love, riding alongside people that share this passion and has been either directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer gives you feelings of mixed emotions,” she said.

“Pride, sadness, happiness, reflection and unsurety of the future are just some of the emotions that go through your mind while riding.

“Raising awareness for Breast cancer is extremely important for all women and their families.”

DOB Melbourne co-ordinated the Cranbourne leg of the ride, which was around 50km to Docklands where they met with the other riders before riding together to Werribee where the festivities were.

Although there was live music, stalls, raffles and stunt riding exhibitions on the day, Bangles said the actual ride was “by far the biggest highlight”.

Bangles said DOB Melbourne will continue to support the event in the future, as well as the White Ribbon Ride to raise awareness on domestic violence, and the Brown Ribbon Ride for prostate cancer and men’s health.

To join DOB Melbourne visit www.dykesonbikesmelbourne.org.au or email [email protected]org.au

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