A Cork city-based gym has launched a fundraiser to support frontline staff while keeping people fit and active in their homes during isolation.
Studio Fitness Cork is raising funds for the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and Cork University Hospital Charity.
The ‘Fit for the Frontline’ fundraiser involves taking part in doing 50 reps of any preferred exercise such as squats, jumping jacks, push ups or dance steps.
Picture or video evidence of the completed workout can be shared to social media tagging Studio Fitness Cork and using the hashtag #fitforthefrontline and including the donation link to the designated GoFundMe page.
Each person who takes part is to nominate a further three people to do the challenge as a means to create awareness and pass it on.
In a posting to the GoFundMePage, owners of Studio Fitness Cork said: “We want to try give back and help our amazing frontline, who are doing fantastic work around the clock and going the extra mile to try keep us all safe during the Covid-19 crisis.
"With this in mind we want to support them and what equipment they need with our campaign Fit For the Frontline.”
The Mercy University Hospital Foundation recently launched an urgent appeal for support from the public as the hospital prepares for a surge in Covid-19 patients.
Funds raised for the hospital will be used to buy essential items including medical supplies and equipment including syringes, IV pumps, and ICU profiling beds.
Earlier this week, local pharmacy owners, Conor and Denise Phelan of Phelans Pharmacy chain, donated €10,000 to the Mercy University Hospital Foundation which was used to buy iPads in order for patients in isolation in the hospital to contact their loved ones.
Donations to the Fit for the Frontline GoFundMe page can be made here https://www.gofundme.com/f/fit-for-the-frontline