NEW Zealand bike rider Graham “Grum” Frith landed in Australia on May 26 for the first leg of his ride around the world.
Graham ‘Grum’ Frith (left) chats with Kingston Lions president and prostate cancer group chairman Bob Hancock on Agnes St last Thursday.
Stopping in Robe and Kingston last Thursday, Grum Goes Global is a dream of Graham’s, and the perfect way to spread awareness of an issue close to his heart.
One of his main goals is to give people he meets along the way information about prostate cancer and young people living with cancer through Canteen NZ.
Graham is working in conjunction with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ and Canteen NZ.
“I’m loving it so far, it’s an adventure,” Graham said.
“It’s not climbing a mountain or kayaking across the ocean but it’s unknown, you don’t know what is happening each day.
“Like today I saw my first kangaroo alive.”
Graham’s adventure started in Melbourne on June 1, and riding 70-90km a day, he has been stopping into towns along the way.
Last year Graham rode 3500km around NZ to make sure he was up to it and to spread awareness.
The adventure first started when Graham’s son bought him a book on the best bike rides in the world.
“I thought ‘Well I want to go and do some of them’ and then I thought ‘Well I might as well do them all at once’,” Graham said.
“So I started planning – I’ve been lots of places in the world but you fly across, I would have flown across Australia at least a dozen times and you look down and you think I wonder what it’s like down there and here’s the chance to go find out by riding.
“It’s a dream that I have had for a long time, and I like to challenge myself – it’s exciting.”
Graham said his wife had given him 900 days to complete the ride, and she will meet him at certain points of the leg as well.
“It’s a pretty big challenge so I thought if I was going to do this, I could try and help someone along the way,” he said.
“That’s when I came up with raising awareness on prostate cancer and Canteen.
“A couple of my friends had prostate problems and I am a volunteer ENT with St John and I also teach first aid, they came to me and said we have been talking to the doctor but we don’t understand, are you able to explain?
“I said I don’t know anything about prostate cancer and I realised that if I don’t know with my background then probably a lot of other guys don’t understand.”
Graham said a lot of men walk around with their “head in the sand” when it comes to prostate cancer.
As well, in NZ as many males are diagnosed with prostate cancer as women with breast cancer; the difference is women talk to each other about the illness and get check-ups, men don’t.
“The Lions clubs in NZ are a big sponsor for me, so when I did my ride in NZ I visited all the Lions clubs,” he said.
“I’m hoping to meet with other Lions clubs during this ride.”
Graham had already met with Robe Lions president Dave Thomas and then while in Kingston met with incoming Lions president and local prostate cancer group chairman Bob Hancock.
Graham estimates he will be riding 43,000km all up. He is currently in Adelaide, and will then head west before making his way up to Darwin.
From there he will fly to Bali and travel through Indonesia.
“My wife and I have ridden through Tibet before and I’m looking forward to doing that again,” Graham said.
“It’s been great meeting people, chatting and spreading awareness.
“I like to meet the people of the country and see how they are different to those back home, it just makes it so much more interesting.”
For more information about Graham’s travels or to follow his adventure head to www.grumgoesglobal苏州美甲美睫培训学校, like him on Facebook at Grum Goes Global, or for more information about prostate cancer in Australia visit www.prostate.org.au.
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