AN 89-YEAR-OLD Winnersh resident is getting fit for charity by doing 90 press ups before his 90th birthday.
The Revd Clifford Smith, co-founder of SaIGO Assist, is embarking on a Press Ups for the Poor fundraiser in a bid to support young people on the opposite side of the globe.
Clifford launched the charity with his late wife Patricia in 2001, and has spent the last 20 years helping vulnerable children and young people in southern India.
Now, he has embarked on his latest fundraising campaign to support 30 students through their education.
“These students have all won a place in college or other training through their hard work,” Clifford explained. “But their parents, some who are day labourers, have not been able to get work since the pandemic began.”
He said sadly, many potential students in India will drop out of college before they can even enrol.
“The pandemic has, if anything, put further pressure on these students,” the co-founder added. “Last year, SaIGO donated more than £7,000 to students on polytechnic, industrial and professional courses and this year, the need is no different.”
With just over a week left to complete all 90 press ups, Rev Smith is banking on local residents’ support.
He has already raised more than £1,000 for the cause.
“I am well aware how lucky I am to still be fit and active,” Clifford added. “I just want to say thank you to anyone and everyone.
“I thought I might only be able to raise a few hundred pounds from family and friends, but I’m delighted to have topped the £1,000 mark.”
To find out more about SaIGO Assist, visit: www.salgoassist.org
Support Clifford fundraising efforts here: cafdonate.cafonline.org/15977