There have been numerous challenges in recent years aimed to raise awareness about various things. There was the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and most recently the #LickMyFace challenge for Target Zero, a nonprofit organization aimed at teaching shelters nationwide how to become no-kill shelters.
Now there’s the push-ups challenge. Started by 22KILL, a nonprofit organization designed to raise awareness of the suicide deaths of veterans (an average of 22 per day in the United States, according to the organization’s website), the #22Kill challenge aims to reach 22 million push-ups to “honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment.”
In support of that goal, Police Constable Steve Hopwood of Avon and Somerset Police in the United Kingdom is doing 22 push-ups every day. On the ninth day of the #22Kill challenge, Hopwood was joined by a police dog who happily joins him in the challenge, a video posted on Facebook by Avon and Somerset Constabulary shows.
This is PC Steve Hopwood, one of our Dog Handlers. He is doing #22Pushups everyday as part of the #22Kill challenge to raise awareness of VETERAN suicide. This is #day9 of 22 and he is joined by another member of the team! Clever boy!
22 US veterans commit suicide per day and this is echoed in the British former-Service community. Furthermore, suicide is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK.
Help spread the word and look after each other. Someone you know may be suffering in silence.
Posted by Avon and Somerset Constabulary on Sunday, July 17, 2016
To participate in the challenge (with or without your pets), record a video of yourself doing as many push-ups as you can, anyway you can (they even accept air push-ups if you are physically unable to do any). Then post the video on a public social media page using “#(number of push-ups)pushups for #22KILL” — so if you do 10 push-ups, it would look like: #10pushups for #22KILL.
For more details on the challenge, visit the 22KILL website.