H.O.G. Clearwater roars with Pink Noise
- Charity Ride
On Saturday 5 October 2019, Ladies of Harley ®, H.O.G. ® Clearwater Chapter hosted the “Pink Noise Ride” in aid of cancer awareness for Pink Drive.
"Cancer is an illness that has affected so many of us," reports Ladies of Harley Officer, Colette Howie. "We invited our sister chapters, H.O.G.® Pretoria, H.O.G ® Johannesburg, H.O.G ® Gold Rand as well as Biker friends from across Gauteng, to dress their bikes (and themselves) in pink. Although this was a Ladies of Harley ® event, we absolutely loved how some of the guys really went the extra mile with dressing up!got all our members and friends to participate in raising funds for this much needed cause.
"The route for the ride was carefully planned by our Head Road Captain, Johan Smit and along with his Marshall Core, the pack of around 50 bikes made their way on a trip around the highways of Johannesburg. For the first time, we added a specially branded truck from one of our sponsors into the pack,which added to the specatator value and awareness we wanted to create.
On return to the Dealership, everyone enjoyed a much needed breakfast and entertainment for the day started. In true Clearwater style, the ladies showed off their line dancing and the day was ended off in high spirit! We would like to thank our sponsors, our Dealership, Harley Davidson Clearwater, Reef Tankers, Samsonite, Walter’s Jewelers and all our loyal members for their contributions in making this event the success it was! To Johan, our HRC and his team of marshals for a safe, enjoyable ride, thank you!
"The event raised around R4000.00 by way of raffle tickets sold for some amazing prizes from our sponsors, says Colette. "We even had a wheelbarrow filled with drinks that was won by a lucky member who bought a single ticket for the raffle!
"H.O.G. ® Clearwater Chapter #7639 then matched the amount raised and a total of R8000.00 will be paid to Pink Drive.
"Our charity drive for this event is actually benefitting two of our chosen charities, Pink Drive and Cradle Of Hope – home for abused woman and children. We have entered into an agreement with Pink Drive to take their mobile test station to the home and provide free tests for the woman at the home who are in the high risk category.
HOGAfrica photographer Carien Westcott describes the ride:
"Early on the morning of 6 October 2019 I arrived at the Clearwater dealership in my first ride as official HOGAfrica photographer. The traditional black, orange and red of the Harley-Davidson® dealership and H.O.G.® Chapter was transformed into glorious pink. The objective of the Pink Noise charity ride was to support PinkDrive! and raise awareness of cancer in woman.
"The welcome was pink, friendly and inviting by all the Members of H.O.G. Clearwater Chapter - with coffee and muffins for everyone.
"Some fifty Harley's lined up waiting for the 120km parade around Clearwater.also decked out "in the pink" to complement the riders. A black and pink lorry from Cancervive completed the pack. The road captain (sorry not sure of his name) and his marshals did a good job to take the pack with it's unusual "rider" on the parade route and all safely back to the dealership.
The event included both serious and fun activities:
- Breast Cancer Screening for the ladies
- PSA Blood Testing for the gents
- Live Music
- Demo Rides
- Merchandise Specials and Pop up Stores
- and of course prizes to be won
"Representatives from several Gauteng Chapters joined in the parade," Carien concludes. "To see the different Chapters supporting each other is amazing, just showing that although we belong to different Chapters, we are all family, driven by the same passion.. Riding our Harley-Davidsons for pleasure, to help, to support and to enjoy."
Pink Drive NPC is a health sector NGO founded in 2009 on the premise "Early detection will help prolong life". Their cardinal purpose is to contribute meaningfully towards preventing as many people as it can, from succumbing to breast, cervical, prostrate and testicular cancer. Its primary focus is on citizens without access to reasonable care for these conditions, and who reside in areas where health services do not reach.
They provide mobile mammography units and educational units to the community and furthermore do Prostate Specific Antigen tests (PSA) for men. On the day free breast screenings were done for the ladies and PSA tests for men were done at a nominal fee.
PinkDrive’s primary focus is on citizens without access to reasonable care for these conditions, and who reside in areas where health services do not reach. It recognises that treatable cancers receiving even the basic levels of care, could translate into varying lengths of extended life for the afflicted, when detected and treated early. It’s posture is ostensibly a promoter of health awareness in general, and specifically health education and heightening awareness of gender-related cancers in South Africa.
PinkDrive Statistics at 4 October
- Mammograms: 19,470
- Clinical Breast Examinations: 143,130
- Women Educated on Breast Health: 413,456
- Breast Check Referrals: 2,986
- Pap Smears: 4,181
- Cervical Cancer Education: 5,389
- Male Breast Check Education: 7,469
- Male Breast Check Examinations: 2,852
- Male Breast Check Referrals: 22
- PSA Testing: 12,193
- Men Educated on Prostate Cancer: 38,116
- Prostate Cancer Referrals: 39