Check out this awesome video of a police dog joining in on the 22 pushup challenge with his handler by doing 22 pushups of his own to raise awareness for veteran suicides.
PC Steve Hopwood from Avon and Somerset police took on the challenge and is doing the challenge every day. On the ninth day of the challenge, Steve Hopwood and his police dog both joined in on the pushup challenge.
The 22 pushup challenge is a part of an initiative which was started by #22KILL to raise awareness for veteran suicides. The reason that the daily target number is 22 pushups is because the average number of veterans who commit suicide daily is roughly 22.
Even though the target number is 22, the group encourages everyone to do as many as they want and in whatever way they want to because every pushup counts towards their long-term target goal of reaching 22 million pushups to “show support for our veterans.”
“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,” the site reads.
Similar to that of the ALS awareness ice bucket challenge that went viral two years ago, a video of a person doing the pushup challenge has to be posted on social media with the hashtag #22KILL and add the amount of pushups being done in a hashtag as well. The video then has to be uploaded on the organizations social media pages.