A Ball on a Bike: Mt Lawley resident helping prostate cancer cause with gala dinner


Phil Waldron (executive chef at Joondalup Resort) with Jeremy Watkins (from Karrinyup).
Phil Waldron (executive chef at Joondalup Resort) with Jeremy Watkins (from Karrinyup).

JOONDALUP Resort head chef Philip Waldron has teamed up with Prostate Active founder and Karrinyup resident Jeremy Watkins to create a gala dinner in August.

Money raised will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA).

The idea was sparked after Mr Waldron, of Mt Lawley, joined Prostate Active’s annual bike ride to Margaret River in 2013.

Mr Waldron said taking part in the ride opened his eyes to the pervasiveness and impact of the disease as well as the power of camaraderie and mateship.

“During several weeks of training (often in freezing cold and wet early winter mornings) I met a great group of people, many who had been impacted by Prostate cancer; either directly, or through the loss of family and friends,” he said.

“I was amazed at how little we know about this disease.”

The bike ride started in 2011 when Mr Watkins decided to cycle down south with a few mates to raise money for PCFA, after his father in law was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The ride then grew to an average of 100 riders annually and has so far raised $750,000.

Jeremy said he wanted the bike ride to be “something that inspires” he was amazed that one little ride in 2011 had “created this chain reaction of events, including the gala dinner this year.

WHAT: A Ball on a Bike Gala Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, August 25 6.30pm

WHERE: Joondalup Resort

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