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4,642 pushups for charity

4,642 pushups for charity
Major Mohit Whig, of the 5th Gorkha Rifles, and three of his jawans (soldiers) were killed in action on June 4, 1997, when their jeep was blown up by militants in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

He left behind two boys, Zorawar, and a baby son, Fateh, who was born with severe spina bifida and needed constant care, preventing Maj Whig’s wife, Tina, from working.

A few years earlier, Maj Whig had been appointed to sponsor then-Maj Bill Sowry when he attended the Indian Army Staff College in the Nilgiri Hills and to help him ease into the course.

Brig Bill Sowry, now Head of Australian Defence Staff in London, recently regained contact with Maj Whig’s family and found Fateh was in need of specialist rehabilitation care to be able to self-help.

He has embarked on an ambitious effort to raise money for this and has pledged to do four push-ups for every kilometre ridden in this year’s Tour de France, and to complete that challenge in 23 days.

Brig Sowry said that meant 14,642 push-ups in total, an average of 637 a day from November 1.

“This fundraising challenge will help provide for a period of residential rehabilitative care at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne,” he said.

“The care will give Fateh self-maintenance and care skills that will give him greater independence and relieve some pressure on his mother.

“Costs will cover airfares from India to Melbourne, and a few weeks residential and medical costs.”

Brig Sowry said he was using the Just Giving Donation website to collect donations.

“While a total target of £25,000 (AU $45,800) is required, I am setting my initial target at £5000 (AU $9160) as if I don’t make the target I set they do not collect any of the donations,” he said.

Having raised this minimum he is now pushing, literally, for the lot.

“Obviously I hope to raise this and much more,” he said.

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Last updated
7 September 2016
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