Age is just a number. Just ask a couple of new grandfathers that raised hundreds of dollars for the Delta Food Bank by doing 700 push-ups in 58 minutes.
Geoff Hudson, 64, and Ryan McKim, 49, were invited to the Rose and Crown Pub in Tsawwassen earlier this month where they carried out their challenge in front of the regular Monday Night Football patrons.
It marked the second time Hudson has raised money for the food bank thanks to his sudden passion for fitness.
“It was back in early October I bet a beer at The (Ladner’s) Pub (Landing) that I could do 600 push-ups in an hour,” explained Hudson, a teacher at Killarney Secondary School in Vancouver. “It wasn’t a fundraiser but someone (in the pub) jumped on the live (microphone) and the next thing you know we had raised $800 with zero promotion.”
When Rose and Crown reached out, Hudson asked McKim if he would like to join him. The pair trained regularly before taking on the challenge Dec. 13. The money was delivered to the Delta Food Bank this week.
Hudson figures he is good for at least one more fundraiser for his newfound hobby that started soon after COVID-19 hit.
“It all began with walking my (Golden Retriever) dog 'Maui' all over Ladner a couple of years ago after the start of the pandemic,” he added. “I started doing push-ups all over the place and got better and better at it. Ryan trains a lot too.”
Hudson also pointed out that the Delta Food Bank is always taking donations 5545 Ladner Trunk Road.