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Motorbike muster to hit city

Monday, 11th November, 2013

The motorbike muster mapped out. The motorbike muster mapped out.

Residents are being encouraged to get behind a group of paramedics riding to Broken Hill for men’s health.

Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams is encouraging locals to get behind the Movember Moto Muster.

A group of paramedics will travel from Deniliquin to Broken Hill to help raise donations and awareness for menís mental health and prostate cancer.

Paramedic Michael Everett and Station Officer Bob Crampton (both from Deniliquin Station), Ian Pollard (Young) and Paramedic Intern Luke Randall (Hillston) will hit the road from 25ñ28 November as part of the Movember Moto Muster, in the 1500 km motorbike ride.

They will visit 18 NSW Ambulance Stations during the motorcycle tour, when they leave Deniliquin on Monday November, 25 and arrive in Broken Hill on Thursday November, 28.

Michael, whoís coordinating the Moto Muster, explained that the team is hoping to count on the stations for support.

Michael said, traditionally, men had a hard time talking about menís health issues. 

“We have eight men on station with varying health issues and I donít think youíd ever hear them mention it. Getting them to the doctor is hard enough, but we work in the profession. Itís almost built into us; you donít go to the doctor unless you are dead or dying. Itís not until you have the health issue that you realise you could have prevented it by regular check-ups.”

The riders have bought their own motorcycles at a cost of $2500 each.

“Weíve had really good support,” Michael said. 

“Weíve had a donation from the local motorcycle shop, helmets, jackets and shoes and stuff. Weíve also got a restaurant in Deniliquin which wants to run a fundraiser for us. Various service clubs have also offered to assist with fundraising events.”

Mr Williams said the paramedics are looking to raise $20,000.

“The paramedics will start from Deniliquin and travel to Finley, Berrigan, Corowa, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Junee, Cootamundra, Young, Cowra, Canowindra, Molong, Wellington, Dubbo, Narromine, Nyngan, Cobar and will finally finish in Broken Hill,” Mr Williams said.

“Through the professional duties carried out by these paramedics, they feel they need to contribute further for menís health in rural NSW.”

The money raised during the tour is donated to Movember. Movember will than distribute this money to Beyond Blue and The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

“I encourage all residents in the Murray-Darling to show their support for this worthy cause,” Mr Williams said.

To contribute, contact Michael on meverett@ambulance.nsw.gov.au.

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