Morrow Kicks Off “Push-Ups for Peace” Community Fundraiser Print
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Written by John Morrow   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:08

Participants Gather Push-Up Sponsors Around Town

MOLINE, IL--Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts kicked off its second annual “Push-Ups for Peace” fundraiser today. The event will take place April 30th at 2:30pm, in St. Ambrose University’s Lee Lohman arena. Participants can download a sponsor sheet from and start gathering sponsorships right away. Everyone is invited to participate, no matter your age, gender or occupation!

“I want people to join me in making history April 30th while raising awareness for our local children’s charities,” said Morrow. “Push-Ups for Peace is a Guinness World Record Attempt for the most pushups done by a group of people in one place for one hour. It is a fundraiser. All push-up proceeds are evenly divided between Quad City Children's Therapy Center, Kids Against Hunger, and the Make A Wish Foundation. Spectator admission proceeds will benefit the Rock Island Word of Life food pantry.”

In addition to the group world record attempt, Morrow will attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the most push-ups on the backs of hands in one hour.

“In order to participate,” explained Morrow, “choose the number of pushups you are able to do every minute for one hour. For example, if you choose 5 as your goal then you will do 5 pushups for one minute then rest. When the bell rings for the second minute you will do 5 more pushups. This will  continue until the hour is complete. At that time you will have completed 300 pushups! Feel free to choose 3 or 8 or 12 or any number of pushups you can complete every minute for one hour,” he added.

First, download your sponsor sheet from

Participants will collect pledges from their sponsors and put the monies and the sponsor form (complete with sponsor’s name, pledge amount and type of payment) in an envelope. Checks should be made payable to The Morning Optimist Club. Participants must mark clearly, on the outside of their envelope, their name and the total monies which have been collected. Participants will turn in completed envelopes on the day of the event. There will be autographed posters and buttons on sale at the event; these proceeds will also go to charity.

Morrow asks that participants please arrive at the event at 2:30 to turn in envelopes and attend the event orientation. The push-ups event begins at 3pm. Every Saturday leading up to the April 30 event, Morrow is offering participants free training sessions. Join the group Saturdays at 2:30, in Morrow’s Academy, 1321 - 5th Avenue, Moline.

ADMISSION FOR SPECTATORS: $3 per person (5 years old and younger are FREE).For more information call 309-764-1929 or visit to download flyers and sponsor sheets.

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