Ukrainian Facebook is stuffed with videos of pushups in January: state officials, military men, sportspeople are taking part in PushupChallenge – a flashmob, initiated by the US marine Andrew Nguyen, a founder of a number of veteran organizations, in 2013. The 2013 research showed that 22 veterans commit suicide in the USA every day. 7403 US veterans committed suicide in 2014 in the country.
The aim of the flashmob is to go up to 22 million pushups in tote.
“Help us reach our goal of 22 million pushups to pay the tribute to those, who serves, and to increase the awareness on veterans suicide prevention with the help of education and expanding rights and possibilities,” it is explained.
The key point of the flashmob is to perform 22 pushups during 22 days in a row. However, the rules are sketchy. One can do as much pushups within their reach. All pushups count – knee, wall and table pushups.
Then, one needs to post the video in social networks and tag a friend to pass the challenge to.
Ukrainian volunteer Oleksiy Mochanov initiated this flashmob in Ukraine. Besides, the issue of psychological rehab of the military men is of current relevancy.
Many state officials and public persons have already joined the movement.
Oleksiy Mochanov, Ukrainia volunteer, former car-racer
Cimic Mariupol, a civil organization for civil-military cooperation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Zoryan Shkiryak, adviser to the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov
Mykola Chechotkin, the Head of the State Emergency Situations Service
Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture
Generals of the National Guard of Ukraine, challenging the State Border Guard Service
Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Shovkovskiy, Ukrainian retired Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper
Zhytomyr landing forces command
All 28 patrol police departments supported the initiative
Serhiy Romanovskiy, command of the 80th assault airborne brigade, who lost his leg during the battles in Donbas
Many girls join the trend.