Many people strolling through the Downtown Farmer’s Market on 104th Street had the chance to witness quite the sight.
There, in the middle of the street, dozens were dropping to the ground and “giving 20” — pushups, that is.
The iHuman Youth Society, a non-profit organization that helps troubled youth, organized a surprise pushup flash mob Saturday to raise awareness about their most recent fundraising initiative.
The organization is hoping to raise $1 million through a city-wide challenge that will wrap up with a pushup event on Sept. 20 at the Northlands EXPO Centre. The idea is that for every pushup completed at the event, $1 will be donated to the iHuman Youth Society.
The money will go towards renovations of their recently acquired two-storey, 22,000 square-foot building that will become the organizations' permanent home.
Steven Csorba, who organized Saturday’s event, said the pushup flash mob was a success.
“The flash mob was great because the whole concept of the one million pushup challenge is the ultimate community challenge,” he said.
“This is part of gaining awareness, letting people know that we’re trying to do this challenge to raise money for iHuman, and I think that happened today.”
Ward 6 Coun. Scott McKeen was on hand to join in on the flash mob — which he admitted wasn’t the easiest thing for him to do.
“It’s fun and it’s horrible,” McKeen said. “It’s great to see the spirit but the only thing I’ve done in the last six months that looks a bit like exercise is lifting a bed.”
All kidding aside, McKeen said it was a great event that helps a meaningful organization in Edmonton.
“I think iHuman is fabulous,” he said. “This group, how they are using creative expression for bringing kids back off the streets from troubles, mental illness and addictions. I really love iHuman and the way they go at that.”