No pain, no gain in fundraiser

SADISTS and fitness fanatics will be aware of the power of a “burpee” session to extract fear from those trying to improve their health.

For those who do not know, ignorance is truly bliss.

Burpees for the Bubs organiser Shaun Davison says burpees are feared because they push you outside your comfort zone – in the case of this fundraiser, giving participants a glimpse of how a parent may feel when their child is sick.

To do a burpee, start from a standing position and move your body straight down to a front lying position and then back up to standing – with a jump at the end for good measure.

Now do it over and over again for 30 minutes.

Burpees for the Bubs, to be held at Memorial Park, Grafton, on Saturday from 7.30am, will raise money for Grafton Base Hospital’s children’s ward, specifically for the purchase of pulse oximeters.

Mr Davison’s experience when his son was airlifted to Brisbane’s Mater Hospital after a sporting mishap inspired the initiative.

While Davison’s son made a full recovery, it was what he witnessed during his son’s time in hospital that led to him wanting to raise money for the local children’s ward.

“To see a child in hospital and ill is heartbreaking.

I am sure it is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said the Grafton fitness trainer.

“But you also get to see the best of human nature.

You see doctors and nurses and other hospital staff that do the most amazing job.”

Mr Davison said his business Functional Habits had already been overwhelmed by people wanting to be involved, including Phil Kelly from Main Beach Training, Yamba, who will co-host the event.

The challenge has three categories – open, modified and teams. For information, visit or call Shaun Davison on 0439 643 570.

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