Pedalling for awareness 

KINGSTON'S IGA owner Jamie Loxton greeted Pedal for Prostate riders with fruit and water on March 3.

Pedal for Prostate rode into Kingston as part of its week-long journey from Adelaide to Geelong raising awareness and money for prostate cancer.

The group left Meningie early on March 3 and rode the 145.49km to Kingston, stopping to get their photo with "Larry" on arrival.

All riders were from the Ballarat/Geelong area - some keen cyclists, others just riding for fun, but all with the aim to raise awareness.

"We had been doing a couple of other one-day (organised) charity rides and thought we could do something ourselves," Pedal for Prostate vice president Peter Carey said.

Mr Carey said the riders were all in the age bracket where prostate cancer can become a real threat.

"We are all sort of getting into that area where we need to be aware," member David Vernon said.

"It's a good cause and it will probably affect one of us here - chances are."

P4P secretary Dale Smith added that statistics showed more men were affected by prostate cancer, than women were from breast cancer.

"Generally blokes are more uncomfortable speaking to a doctor about stuff like this," Mr Smith said.

Every year over 3000 men die from prostate cancer and about 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia.

Prostate cancer is more common in men over the age of 50; however, younger men with a family history of prostate cancer are at a greater risk.

The good news is prostate cancer can be cured, but only if detected and treated while still confined to the prostate gland.

This is why P4P hit the road, spreading awareness and encouraging men to have regular health checks.

P4P is aiming to raise $25,000 to be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

"We have picked up donations along the way, which has been great," president Dave Reither said.

"People can also go to our website or Facebook page to donate.

"Support from social media has been great, we are even getting donations from around the world."

For more information and to to donate visit www.p4pcancer.com or "like" P4P on Facebook - www.facebook.com/pedalforprostate.

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