Hundreds of riders gathered at Harley-Davidson dealers all over South Africa for the first Pink Glove Run in aid of CanSA. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Hundreds of riders gathered at Harley-Davidson dealers all over South Africa for the first Pink Glove Run in aid of CanSA. Picture: Dave Abrahams
More than 100 riders, not all of them on American irons, turned out at Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley. Picture: Dave Abrahams
More than 100 riders, not all of them on American irons, turned out at Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Dealerships were festooned with pink ribbons, pink balloons and CanSA volunteers selling bright pink buffs. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Dealerships were festooned with pink ribbons, pink balloons and CanSA volunteers selling bright pink buffs. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Pink was definitely the colour of the day. Almost every rider in this picture is wearing something pink. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Pink was definitely the colour of the day. Almost every rider in this picture is wearing something pink. Picture: Dave Abrahams
After a quick safety and route briefing&.
After a quick safety and route briefing&.
The ride left on a circular route...
The ride left on a circular route...
Feebearing - Cape Town - 151031 - A 1320 riders took to the streets on their motorbikes this morning participating in the Pink Glove Run organised by Harley Davidson nationally. The idea is to raise awareness about cancer and raise funds for research. Pictured: A 120 + riders take a group shot in Blaauberg. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.
Feebearing - Cape Town - 151031 - A 1320 riders took to the streets on their motorbikes this morning participating in the Pink Glove Run organised by Harley Davidson nationally. The idea is to raise awareness about cancer and raise funds for research. Pictured: A 120 + riders take a group shot in Blaauberg. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.
The participants in the Harley-Davidson Cape Town Pink Glove run started arriving back from their ride. Picture: Dave Abrahams
The participants in the Harley-Davidson Cape Town Pink Glove run started arriving back from their ride. Picture: Dave Abrahams
In contrast to the Tyger Valley run, most of them were riding Harley-Davidsons. Picture: Dave Abrahams
In contrast to the Tyger Valley run, most of them were riding Harley-Davidsons. Picture: Dave Abrahams
Soon the forecourt was wall-to-wall motorcycles&
Soon the forecourt was wall-to-wall motorcycles&
With very little space to walk between the bikes. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
With very little space to walk between the bikes. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
Inside the riders tried on cosmetics&
Inside the riders tried on cosmetics&
& Listened to the Pincurls rendering close harmonies, Andrew Sisters style&
& Listened to the Pincurls rendering close harmonies, Andrew Sisters style&
... Got their fingernails painted&

 

& And their heads shaved...

 

& All in a good cause.  Pictures: Dave Abrahams
... Got their fingernails painted& & And their heads shaved... & All in a good cause. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
& And their heads shaved...
& And their heads shaved...
... All in a good cause. Pictures: Dave Abrahams
... All in a good cause. Pictures: Dave Abrahams

 

By: Dave Abrahams

Cape Town – Hundreds of riders gathered at Harley-Davidson dealers all over South Africa on Saturday for the first Pink Glove Run in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa.

Emboldened by the success of last year’s Snorrs for a Cause campaign, which raised more than R100 000 in a single day for testicular cancer research, Harley-Davidson decided that 2015’s fund-raiser would be one for the ladies.

“We want to kick cancer in the ass,” said Harley-Davidson Africa marketing manager Juan Mouton. “Our vision is to break down the barrier of ‘It won’t happen to me’ or ‘I’m too young’, which is why we’re joining hands with CanSA to educate women on the risks, the signs and most important, how to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

So, on the 31 October, each of South Africa’s 10 Harley-Davidson dealerships was festooned with pink ribbons, pink balloons and riders of all shapes and sizes happily shelling out for bright pink buffs – and then vying to find the most outrageous ways to wear them!

VERY LITTLE FORMALITY

Despite threatening weather, more than 100 riders – not all of them on American irons – turned out at Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley for one of Cape Town’s two rides, where Harley-Davidson Africa country manager Paul de Jongh was guest of honour.

Shortly after 10am the ride left on a circular route with a stop at Big Bay, before returning to the dealership for a morning of live music, good food and (very) close shaves – all in aid of breast cancer research.

But we went straight through to Harley-Davidson Cape Town, arriving just in time to catch their participants returning from their mass ride, well over a hundred strong, almost all on Harleys.

Here again, there was very little formality; the riders were encouraged to eat, drink endless cups of strong Harley coffee, listen to the Pincurls rendering close harmonies, Andrew Sisters style, on both swing-era standards and modern ballads, while the ladies got their nails painted and the men their heads shaved – and every cent they paid for the privilege went to CanSA.

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