Wanaka personal trainer Toby Donnelly has already completed
a fundraising challenge to do 5000 burpees, and is now
asking the public to match his efforts. Photo by Lucy
A buck for a burpee. That is what personal trainer Toby
Donnelly (30) will be offering today at Pembroke Park in
Wanaka, as he challenges the public to match his own
fundraising efforts and complete 5000 burpees for $5000.
After burpee-ing his way across Europe during his recent
month-long honeymoon and raising money to support people
affected by the rare genetic disease metachromatic
leukodystrophy, Mr Donnelly has now issued a "double or
nothing challenge" to the public.
"Technically I've already done my share of it. Now it's time
for everybody else to step up."
His own 5000 burpees - filmed and photographed in front of
European landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and
Buckingham Palace - matched the number of dollars raised for
the cause before his trip.
From 8am today, he will encourage people to buy from him the
chance to burpee for $1 each.
A burpee was the "worst exercise you can do", he said.
"It hits everything, as well as it makes your lungs feel like
Half of the money raised will help the family of Olivia McLay
(9), of Mosgiel, who died from metachromatic leukodystrophy
in August. The other half will go towards research into the