News 9 Aug 2017

DGR doubles commitment to mental health programs

Important year for Distinguished Gentleman's Ride organisers.

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) founder Mark Hawwa has revealed the organisation will be doubling its commitment to mental health programs as the 24 September global event approaches.

It comes after the sad passing of one of the DGR volunteers who took his own life, which Hawwa explained the personal event for many has now taken a new meaning after tragically losing one of its own.

“It’s an important year for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride,” Hawwa commented. “What was already a personal event for many has taken on a new meaning, especially after losing one of our own.

“We ride this year for the men of the world who struggle with mental health and for the families and individuals whose lives are affected by prostate cancer.”

Founded in 2012 by Hawwa, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has raised over $8,000,000 USD for charity since 2013. This year, they aim to raise $5,000,000 USD and are encouraging their fellow Australians to take a moment to consider their fathers, brothers and sons.

“The past five years have seen The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride grow far more than I ever could have imagined,” he continued. “Not only in its reach and the number of participants of the ride itself, but in people that have made that decision to get themselves checked.

“Working with the Movember Foundation has allowed us to target key concerns in men’s health, helping us change the lives of men and helping them to live longer and happier. None of this would be made possible if not for the support and unity of Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.

“The collective passion of all these brilliant organisations is the fuel to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, empowering all classic and custom motorcycle riders to bond together and put on the most dashing charity event this world has ever seen.”

For more information on the organisation, or to find out how to get involved with the event in your local area, visit