Jonathan Evans, who lives in Cardiff, came up with the idea to complete one million press ups after attending an awards ceremony celebrating those who had raised funds for charities. Having two children of his own, he was inspired to raise funds for Tŷ Hafan.
Jon explained that he had the idea to do “10,000 press ups as a personal challenge” then realised that it would be a great opportunity to “bring people together, of different fitness levels and abilities, to do something for a worthy cause”. Before Jonathan knew it, “10,000 became 100,000 then that became one million press ups!”
Jon realised that although 10,000 press ups would have been a challenge, one million press ups was near impossible for one person alone. “After doing some sums, I worked out that realistically to achieve this we would need at least 100 people pledging between 1,000-100,000 press ups each for us to achieve the goal,” Jon said.
All it took was a communication to his fellow colleagues asking for their support. Before Jon knew it, he had over 100 participants from across the country wanting to take part in the challenge.
Jon explained that: “the fact the challenge is virtual helped hugely with the recruitment”. He has seen support from colleagues not only in south Wales but also from the company’s overseas operations as well.
So far Jon and his colleagues have got a total of 1,089,000 press ups pledged and he even managed to do 30 press ups waiting for the kettle to boil the other day!
Jon and his colleagues have set themselves a fundraising target of £10,000 to help support Tŷ Hafan families across Wales and help make a hospice fit for the future.
In a time where most things are unknown, what’s truly certain is the team effort and motivation behind each participant.