ProState Active Cycle: Bassendean survivor to take part in ride


Walter Bonnet will join 120 riders to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
Walter Bonnet will join 120 riders to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.

BASSENDEAN prostate cancer survivor Walter Bonnet will join 120 riders to raise funds and awareness as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Mr Bonnet is the youngest prostate cancer survivor taking part in the ProState Active Cycle, after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 at age 37.

The group of riders will cover 300km over two days as a team, cycling from Perth to Margaret River.

“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, friends, family members and even those in the medical profession would say ‘you’re too young to have prostate cancer’, but unfortunately it can no longer be considered an old man’s disease,” he said.

“We need more awareness of prostate cancer which is why I’m taking on this challenge together with my partner, Lora Pomare,” Mr Bonnet said.

Karinyup resident Jeremy Watkins created the event after his father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2011.

The event started with 10 riders and has since grown, with more than $600,000 raised for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Every year almost 3300 Australian men die from prostate cancer and related diseases.

The Perth to Margaret River ProState Active Cycle will take place September 16 to 17.

To donate go to www.prostateactive.com.