2021 has been a momentous year already for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, with tens of thousands of dapper gentlefolk around the world coming together in all their finery to celebrate the event’s 10 year anniversary in May. The charity motorcycling event raised an incredible $4.1M USD in 2021, reaching the global total of funds raised since the event began to over $31.5M USD.
Not only did the ride find its home for the first time in May, but it brought together over 65,000 classic and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts at a time where events and social connections have been impacted so heavily in 913 cities and 116 countries around the world.
Getting riders together and encouraging people to connect and communicate has never been more important. Since 2012, the event has connected hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists together from over 116 countries around the world and to date has raised over $31.5M USD for men’s health.
In 2021, the funds raised by the event have been donated directly to its global charity partner, Movember. Movember is the leading global organization focussed solely on men’s health, and in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, the funds will be directed toward prostate cancer and men’s mental health research and programs.
Movember and DGR have worked strategically to help men in motorcycling live happier and healthier lives; so much to the point that they have allocated $1.15M AUD to pilot and deliver programs specifically directed at improving social connectedness, life satisfaction, and mental wellbeing of motorcycle riders.
Mark Hawwa – Founder & Director of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
“After 10 years of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, I still find myself in awe and wonder of the dedication of our incredible gentlefolk around the world. To make it through 10 years, raising over $31.5M USD toward men’s health and connecting literally hundreds of thousands of like-minded motorcyclists together – it’s unfathomable. I’m particularly proud of all our devoted ride hosts and their teams who work so hard to bring these rides to each and every city around the world, and I’m grateful to everyone who has shared their stories with us over the years. Behind the impeccably dressed riders are stories linking them to prostate cancer and men’s mental health, and only through the efforts of Movember are we able to make a difference to the lives of men living with and beyond these cause areas.”
The event for 2021 boasted some of the most amazing prizes in its history, with four brand new motorcycles from major partner and industry heavyweight, Triumph Motorcycles. One of these motorcycles will be a custom, 1-of-1 DGR x Triumph Thruxton RS, made only for the winner of the 2021 Gentlefolk Competition.
Adding to the incredible prize pool, are custom top 50 fundraiser helmets courtesy of Hedon helmets with a very special design to commemorate the event’s 10th year anniversary. Returning to 2021 are Belstaff, taking the mantle of the event’s motorcycle outfitter partner, providing classic motorcycle outfits for top fundraiser and sprint prizes for event fundraisers, and ELF lubricants as the official lubricant partner of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
Funds raised from the previous events are being invested by Movember in prostate cancer research and mental health programs that will save the lives of men. DGR is particularly excited by the continued investment into initiatives focussed on supporting social connections of men in motorcycling, and the first responders who have worked tirelessly to keep their communities safe.
To register your interest in DGR 2022, view the research programs that are funded, and support the work that DGR does; head over to www.gentlemansride.com and celebrate riding dapper in the world’s most stylish motorcycle event!
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