Diabetes Ireland, an official charity to the GAA have recently launched a new initiative named, the #PressUpChamp Challenge.
Last night, Westmeath footballers launched the iniatitive at training as they prepared for their qualifier against Fermanagh. As a group, the Lake County men posted a combined total of 2,123 press-ups.
Suitable recognition must go to John Heslin as he completed his press-ups in a moon boot while many of the Westmeath players were seeing struggling towards the finish.
David Moran of Kerry, Peter Kelly of Kildare, Matthew O’Hanlon of Wexford, and Sunday Game panelist Joe Brolly are all scheduled to take part in the coming weeks.
Ex-stars, Philip Jordan of Tyrone, Kevin Cassidy of Donegal and Conor Mortimer of Mayo have also committed to taking part in the new initiative which hopes to raise money for Diabetes Ireland, who are fully committed to supporting the diabetes community in Ireland.
Diabetes affects more than 225,000 people in Ireland and that figure is expected to grow in the coming years. Diabetes Ireland provide support, education and motivation to all affected, while also rasing awareness and funding research on the matter.
With this new initiative, Diabetes Ireland are calling on players and teams of all ages across the GAA community to video themselves or their team doing as many push-ups as they can and share it across their social media.
Following on from completing your own push-up challenge, challenging friends, family or if you’re brave enough, rival players or teams is the next step.
Finally and most importantly, texting the word ‘PressUp’ to 50300 to donate €4 to Diabetes Ireland would go a long way towards supporting this great charity.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.ie.
A great initiave from a great charity, get training! Bragging rights will be at stake.
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Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena