Around the world for men's health

Could you leave home for a year and travel the world on a motorcycle to raise awareness for men’s health?

Englishman Henry Crew has teamed up with the Movember Foundation to do just that and is now on his way to Australia. Starting in Perth, Henry will traverse 6000km to add to the $62,000 he has already raised for men affected by mental illness. The Aussie leg of his trip will take him through Melbourne, Sydney and then to Brisbane on 14 September.

Henry will be riding with New Zealander Mike Gilbert, who is aiming to raise $6000 for a cause very close to his heart. Why is it so important for a Brit and a Kiwi to cross Australia on their motorbikes? Henry is very open about his struggles with depression, anxiety and the impact of losing friends to suicide.

“I have had my own struggles with mental health, particularly during my time at university and have also experienced a scary amount of mental health issues within my friendship group,” Henry said.

The men’s health advocate said he was excited to work with Movember, an organisation dedicated to creating a world that gives a voice to men coming to terms with their own mental health issues.

Mike’s journey was inspired by his WWII veteran grandfather.

“He was a motorcycle lover who survived both the Great Depression and prostate cancer,” he said. 

“Unfortunately, he passed away aged 100 in April.

“Hearing about Henry’s courageous trip around the world, I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to such an amazing man than to jump on a motorcycle, have an epic journey and raise some money and awareness for men’s health.”

According to the Movember Foundation, an average of six men a day lose their lives to suicide due to a lack of education about how to cope with issues such as depression, anxiety and Post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This is unacceptable,” Movember Foundation Australia Country Director Rachel Carr said.

“Henry’s challenge will raise much-needed funds to help us stop men dying too young.”

If Henry completes his 56,000 km journey by 10 May 2019, he will become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world on a motorbike. He is already four months into his trip, which began in London and already has taken him through Russia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Iran. With another 16 countries to go out of 35, he is well on his way to taking out the world record. 

 

Henry is riding a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled motorcycle, while Gilbert will ride a Scrambler Desert Sled black edition. Ducati’s Australian dealerships will host events for both riders in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“Ducati is proud to support Henry’s world record attempt,” Ducati Australia Marketing Manager Simon Leplaw said.

“We understand that having someone to talk to is as important in men’s health as it is on a great adventure.”

Follow Henry's journey here.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 1114.