‘Some locals were leading us to visit their well, and Greg was mucking around with the kids and showing them how to do push-ups,’ Sonlife Africa director Josh Bond said.
‘At the same time we were talking about how local villagers in Turkana had to walk up to 30km every day just to get water, and the two ideas kind of meshed.’
Inspired by Perth’s love of outdoor fitness and generous nature, event organisers Mr Wood and Riverton resident Mr Bond will lead the Push for Change push-up challenge on March 24 from 2.30pm at South Perth foreshore.
‘It’s a great practical way to encourage people to get their butts off the couch and connect with worthwhile issues around the world,’ Mr Bond said.
With friends and family sponsoring $1 for every push-up performed and a goal of $70,000 to reach, Mr Bond said some participants had their work cut out for them.
‘I have one mate looking at more than 2000 push-ups on Sunday,’ he said. ‘As long as the money comes in, I think there will be people trying to keep going all day.’
Not-for-profit organisation Sonlife Africa will ensure all proceeds go directly to drilling for fresh water in northern Kenya.
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