TWELVE-YEAR-OLD SPOTLIGHTS PUSHUPS FOR CHARITY IN LOUISVILLE

BY Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal

Now that everyone with a social media account has drenched themselves with freezing water for the ALS ice bucket craze — it raised $115 million dollars — a new charity hopes to “push” its way into the challenge spotlight. Pushups for Charity isn’t just a challenge; it’s a fundraiser that requires some real muscle.

Jack Chauvin, 12, a St. Margaret Mary seventh-grader, is spearheading the Pushups for Charity Challenge in Louisville. The national campaign raises funds that the not-for-profit agency Boot Campaign distributes to help U.S. servicemen and women make the adjustment back to civilian life. “They help us every day, and they need our help and support, too,” Jack said. “That’s why I picked this charity.”

The Pushups for Charity Challenge requires a minute and a half of hardcore exercise, which could make it a harder sell than the ice bucket challenge, but I was willing to give it a try along with Jack and his classmates to help get his fundraising efforts off the ground. “I have done two ice-bucket challenges, but 90 seconds of pushups is a lot harder,” warned Jack, before we started. “It takes a lot of strength.” He was right.

“In one word, it’s painful, but it’s also for the greater good, and that good helps you find your second wind,” Jack told me after our 90 seconds were — thankfully — over.

If you are interested in supporting the cause, Jack explains that any type of pushup is acceptable, on your toes or on your knees. “It doesn’t matter how you do the pushups or how many you do, as long as you keep going for 90 seconds.”

On Nov. 8, Jack and his family invite you to take part in the Pushups for Charity Challenge. “We hope to raise $5,000 for Pushups for Charity,” said Jack. “It doesn’t matter how many pushups you do; it matters that you raise donations and support our servicemen and women.”

Last year, Pushups for Charity raised $70,000, which helped Boot Campaign operate six initiatives, including career transition, housing, education, wellness, urgent assistance and family support.

TAKE PART IN JACK CHAUVIN’S PUSHUPS FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE

When:  November 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Green Acres Farm, 7701 Greenlawn Road

More information: (314) 550-6665

Sign up to participate or make a donation: Pushups for Charity Louisville

 

Read the FULL story written by Kirby here.