In the health and fitness world there’s an excercise even the most die-hard devotee is known to dread.
And that’s exactly why Beechworth mum and fitness enthusiast Jane Archer has pledged to complete 1000 burpees in a row to support friend and neighbour Sarah Waters’ fight against brain cancer.
Jane will put her body on the line at the Beechworth football grounds on October 27 as part of a major fundraiser to help the 38-year-old mum pay for life-saving surgery with renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo.
The mum of three was diagnosed with an “inoperable” brain tumour in April this year and the family is now pinning its hopes on a risky $100,000 operation with Dr Teo.
“Burpees suck but brain cancer sucks more,” is Jane’s motto as she encourages individuals and teams to jump on board what is sure to be a gruelling physical challenge.
“Burpees suck is a common hashtag; it’s the exercise everyone dreads and it’s a total body movement that makes you pretty tired.”
Together with Beechworth Fitness, Jane is urging individuals or teams to register for Burpees for Brain Surgery, with the hope of raising $50,000 towards Sarah’s cause.
Now Jane is under no illusion that completing 1000 burpees is an easy task – she’s up to about 300 in a row – but she’s vowed to achieve her target “even if I have to crawl over the line”.
The former personal trainer said people who wanted to support Sarah could form a team to complete their burpees, sponsor a friend, donate or even just share Sarah’s story.
To date the only other individual to sign up for the challenge is local Instagram sensation ‘Garage Fit Guy’.
”This is not a race, but an act of solidarity and recognition that while burpees are a big challenge for most, it’s nothing compared to the challenge Sarah and her family are facing,” Jane said.
“We’ve even got friends of Sarah’s who have signed up for the challenge and will complete their burpees remotely at a park in Melbourne.
“I won’t stop until everyone has finished.”
The action starts at 10am and will include raffles, barbecue and kids’ activities.
- To register or donate to the event go to the Burpees for Brain Surgery mycause page.