Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, The Rock, and more are joining in for the new social media charity event. It's called the #22PushUpChallenge and it's helping to raise awareness for a serious issue.
22KILL is an organization that works to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic and educate everyone on mental health issues, specifically as they both pertain to veterans. They write, “In 2012, the VA released a Suicide Data Report that an average of 22 veterans are “KILLED By Suicide” (KBS) everyday. The name “22KILL” is meant to grab people”s attention, because our primary mission begins with raising awareness to the issue. Suicide prevention is a very difficult task to undertake, especially when the general public is unaware of the issue in the first place.”
And that's where the #22PushUpChallenge comes in. The concept is just like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that proved so successful a few years ago. Lots of people have already participated but some familiar faces have started to pop up. Check out Captain America himself, Chris Evans (who's been open about his own mental health issues), attempting the challenge. I say “attempting” because he had a friendly distraction.
– Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2016
The Rock also participated and has similar dog troubles.
#22PushUpChallenge Raising awareness for our 22 US vets who commit suicide daily. If you're a vet and you're going thru it, just know we're thinking about you and you're not alone. Be strong, have faith, keep fighting that good fight and there's always a better day. I challenge my boys @kevinhart4real and @justinjames99 as well as our history making first black OLYMPIC Gold medalist in swimming @swimone13. Thanks to my bud @prattprattpratt for passin' the torch and Hobbs the beast for the bad breath kisses. I'll take em all day ????????????????????
And another Marvel Chris – Chris Pratt – and Anna Faris took their turn as well.
– chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 13, 2016
From the official website:
Help us reach our goal to get 22 Million pushups – To honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment. Every pushup counts so don”t be shy to show your support for our veterans. You can do as many or few pushups as you can or choose. Whether it”s 1 or 100 in a row, we will accept them however they come. They can be assisted (on your knees), incline (on a desk/wall), or if you physically are unable to do any, we”ll even take air pushups. They all count towards the goal as long as you follow the instructions below.
Their counter currently sits at 7,573,024. If you'd like to participate there are specific instructions on how to make sure your push-ups get counted on their website.