- Title: Bikers in Beirut roar their engines for Movember
- Date: 30th September 2019
- Summary: BEIRUT, LEBANON (SEPTEMBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BIKERS WEARING VINTAGE CLOTHES AND RIDING THEIR MOTORCYCLES THROUGH STREETS OF BEIRUT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic and English) PARTICIPANT, BMW RIDER, MAJD SINNO, SAYING: "I liked to join the event today because it is very important to raise awareness about the prostate cancer, this is a world-wide event, that doesn't only happen in Lebanon, so it's important to show the world that we are present on the map, we have riders, we have people interested in raising awareness worldwide, and as well to change the image that people have towards riders in Lebanon, because there are many people that think as riders we are not proper, but that's not true, we are all here, happy to participate in this event and raise awareness for everyone else." MAN AND WOMAN RIDING A MOTORCYCLE MAN RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE VARIOUS OF BIKERS RIDING THROUGH BEIRUT NADER JUBAILI RIDING HIS ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC WEARING VINTAGE CLOTHES DURING BIKE RIDE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PARTICIPANT, NADER JUBAILI, SAYING: "There are many people who are suicidal, and many who have prostate cancer, and there isn't enough talk about the subject in Lebanon unfortunately, this is also awareness for people to talk and know that this disease exists, people sometimes are ashamed of it, they hide it but it exists, we are trying as much as possible to help treat it and lessen it." VARIOUS OF BIKERS RIDING THROUGH STREETS OF BEIRUT VARIOUS OF RIDERS ARRIVING AT THE FINAL DESTINATION AND PARKING THEIR MOTORBIKES (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARTICIPANT, EMILIA CHARLES, SAYING: "The thing is, we talk a lot about women's health and raising awareness about the needs of women as a part of the impact of the patriarchy, and that's real, we need to be talking about that, that's important. But I think what we don't also talk about, is how this system of the patriarchy also negatively impacts men, we don't talk about men's mental health, boys don't cry, you know, we don't talk about something as sensitive as prostate cancer, a lot of guys don't go to get checked up, and that's because of this idea that we have that men shouldn't be seen as sensitive or vulnerable, so I think that's really important and I think itâ€™s important coming from women as well." VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS DRESSED IN VINTAGE CLOTHES GATHERED AT LOCAL PUB WALL OF FAME READING (English):'THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE' VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS POSING FOR A PHOTO
- Embargoed: 14th October 2019 16:05
- Keywords: ride men's mental health awareness worldwide bmw ducati prostate cancer Motor ride Beirut harley funds
- Location: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYUNL1X
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Motorcycle riders from different clubs and communities in Lebanon came together on Sunday (September 29) dressed in vintage outfits to raise funds ahead of 'Movember' - a campaign that runs through the month of November to raise awareness about men's physical and mental health.
The 40-minute ride gathered around 75 classical bike riders who cruised around Beirut on their Harley and BMWs.
Local organisers said the ride was part of bigger event called the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride that happens once a year in more than 100 countries. It originally started in 2012 to change the world's perception of bikers before the Movember Foundation also joined the event.
The event currently raises funds for research on men's mental health and prostate cancer.
Participants like Nader Jubaili, who donated money for the cause, stressed the importance of raising awareness of these issues that are mostly silenced in Lebanon.
"There are many people who are suicidal, and many who have prostate cancer, and there isn't enough talk about the subject in Lebanon unfortunately," he said.
Lebanon raised more than $4,000 for the worldwide event, which local organiser Kamal Hashem said was is a good number given the country's current economic turmoil.
Female bikers, like Emilia Charles, also dressed up in support of their male peers, talking on the importance of women supporting this cause.
(Production: Imad Creidi, Ahmad El Kerdi)
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