TOP road racers Michael and William Dunlop have stripped off to encourage men to sign up to a special event to raise awareness of the dangers of testicular cancer.
The Male Cancer Awareness Campaign is organising an event called the Belfast Strut to raise awareness for the illness.
Laura Lacole, the Northern Ireland ambassador for the charity, says: “Northern Ireland has had zero deaths from testicular cancer for three years out of a 10 year period. These statistics are unique and incredible.
“The Belfast Strut event is to showcase to the rest of the world NI’s achievements of zero deaths so other countries can lead by our example.”
Laura added: “We need people to sign up and take part in a ten mile walk from Nutts Corner to the Waterfront Hall on March 16. We aim to have 100 people dressed as our mascot - Mr Testicles. The brilliant thing about this charity is we use humour to remove embarrassment so people can openly talk about the disease and check themselves to prevent it.
“William and Michael have shown their support by stripping down to their boots with only their helmets covering their modesty to inspire their fans to sign up and get involved. When I asked them if they would get pictures taken in the nip there wasn’t much hesitation as they said it’s for a good cause. It really is an honour to have them on board as they’re household names.
“The Belfast Strut itself, comprising of 100 giant testicles will make the visual impact we need to get the message across in a light-hearted and fun way. This event is putting NI on the world stage. We have 14 charities from around the world flying in for it, the world’s leading oncologist is giving the key ote speech, and we’ll also have VIPS and special guests.
“The boys haven’t stripped off for nothing, they’ve gone out of their way to raise awareness for the disease and to inspire their fans to sign up, so please join us on this walk and let’s say Balls to Testicular Cancer! Sign up at www.BallsOutChallenge”.