8,000 burpees in one week to beat tāne Māori mental health issues

In support of Movember, an annual event raising awareness for men’s mental health. I was part of a roopū that were challenged to burpee the height of Mt Everest, which is over 8,000 burpees in one week. 

The goal of the challenge is to burpee the height of Mt Everest, which is exactly 8,848m tall. Eleven of us accepted the challenge and each has been asked to complete 738 burpees – roughly just over a hundred a day.

“So as a collective, between the 12 of us, we’ve passed the 3,000 burpees mark and so we are tracking pretty well I’d say. But it’s all in light of raising awareness for men’s mental health, especially for Māori men.”

Māori adults are about 1.5 times as likely as non-Māori adults to report a high or very high probability of having an anxiety or depressive disorder, and the suicide rate among Māori men rose to almost 32 per 100,000 in 2016 – more than double the non-Māori male rate.

#Pāpara

Published by Tākuta Teah

Indigenous woman, partner, māmā, sister, daughter, aunty, artist, story catcher/teller, researcher, evaluator and academic. I draw on these identities to express, connect and articulate kotahitanga, mana motuhake and aroha.

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