Andy's MANDATE for Men's Health

Wednesday 06 April 2016

Andy Field [63] will be taking to the road alongside 150 fellow bike riders on Saturday June 3, to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

Andy's daughter Terri Travers has always been well aware of her dad's love for Harley Davidsons and wanted to arrange a Harley ride for him while he still has the strength. Unfortunately, Andy has lung cancer which has metastasised to his brain and has been receiving ongoing treatment at the PA Hospital since February 2016.

Terri reached out via social media to try and arrange a ride for Andy and soon after, she was put in touch with Doc Curran, secretary of the Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club in Kingston.

A short ride around the block has now grown into a bike ride to the Hinterland from the Kingston clubhouse, and, weather pending, more than 150 riders will be joining Andy for the occasion. Riders will have lunch and head back to the Bunker for a party.

Speaking about the ride, Terri said:

"I wanted to organise something special for Andy to look forward to and a small goal to reach.

"I never expected anything like this to happen. Doc and the rest of the guys at the Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club have been incredible in arranging this for Andy and he is so excited about the ride."

Doc didn't give the ride a second thought after hearing Andy's story.

"Andy is an ex-serviceman himself who spent 26 years in the Australian Army so it seems fitting we are able to arrange this for him.

"We welcome anyone to come along for the ride or to attend the party back at the club. It will be a great day and raise important money for men's health research."

Guilty As Sin plus guest musicians will provide live music into the night. There will be a sausage sizzle and raffles along with bar facilities.

All funds raised on the day will go to the PA Research Foundation's MANDATE Men's Health campaign which officially kicked off on Thursday 1 June. The MANDATE campaign is a movement to encourage men to take ownership of their health and rally together to support solution focused Australian men's health research.

There will be PA medical professionals providing free skin, blood pressure, and BMI checks on the day.

The MANDATE Ride For Andy welcomes participants for the ride, or to attend the party. Registrations open on Saturday 3 June at 8am for a 9am ride, with the festivities at the Bunker kicking off at midday.

Club address – The Bunker, 132 Meakin Road, Kingston For further information visit www.qldvvmc.com.au or www.mandate.org.au