Anthony Stevens will complete 1000 burpees to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.IVY WISE April 7, 2014 3:39am
Anthony Stevens’ punishment for not signing in at the gym has turned into a major campaign to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Last month, the former North Melbourne footballer was penalised 25 burpees for not signing in before class at local gym FITmob.
However, after he failed to complete the task before leaving, FITmob owners John and Mel Micalizzi were left with no option but to put it on their Facebook page, with every ‘‘like’’ being converted to a combined burpee and box jump.
‘‘Within 24 hours, we had 450 likes and within a week, we had 1030 Likes, 38,000 views and 60 shares,’’ Mr Micalizzi said.
‘‘We had to cap it at 1000 burpees.’’
The amazing response to Stevo’s Burpees for Likes campaign has prompted the gym owners to donate $1 for every burpee he completes to the Good Friday Appeal.
‘‘With that much interest in it, we created an event and turned it into something good,’’ Mr Micalizzi said.
‘‘Stevo has agreed to complete his 1000 burpees at the Good Friday Appeal charity day at Merool on the Murray Resort on Good Friday morning.’’
As owner of Stride Events, Mr Stevens will also donate $1 for every burpee he does.
‘‘It’s for a great cause,’’ he said.
‘‘When I was playing footy, I used to go to the RCH and visit the kids and their families.
‘‘ The facilities are amazing and this charity is an amazing thing that will make sure our kids and our future are looked after.’’
Mr Micalizzi said the Good Friday Appeal was particularly important to him because his sister spent time in the RCH when she had leukaemia.
‘‘This is the first time we have been able to actively donate to the charity, which is a big thing for us,’’ he said.
As for actually completing the burpees, Mr Stevens said it was only exercise.
‘‘No pain, no gain,’’ he said.
People can support the challenge by going to the FITmob Facebook page or visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/1451963191701760/
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