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The Birth of Buck-A-Burpee

by Scott on May 12, 2014

I was driving out to do a presentation for work and I started to think about my 35 for 35 list. The list that I created months back, of things I wanted to do or accomplish over the calendar year that I turned 35. It was a way to push me out of my comfort zone.

#BuckABurpee was a huge success! We raised alm...

#BuckABurpee was a huge success! We raised almost $19,000 for @rmhna! On a personal note, I feel like I was the one who received the greatest gifts. Besides my shoulders growing twice the size, I was able to spend 35 days focused on trying to help families like Kyler’s. I walked away with a sweet #KylerShirt too. The biggest thanks goes out to @melshashea who really put the whole #BuckABurpee idea together. I reached out to her to ask her to help me celebrate my 35 birthday in a special way. I’d say #MissionAccomplished and then some. Thank you Melsha! I could not and would not have done this without you. #Grateful4You via realscottweller

I’m the type of person that typically likes to just ignore my birthday and pretend it’s just another day. No big deal! Even though “Making a big deal out of my birthday” did not make my 35 for 35 list, I knew I wanted to try and make the celebration of my birthday something special. That’s when I knew I needed help.

“Melsha, can I ask a favor? Can you help me plan my birthday?”

“Sure,” she responded.

Over the next few weeks, Melsha came up with a perfect suggestion. “What do you think about trying to raise $7,525 for Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta which would cover the operational costs for a family to stay at The House for 35 nights?”

Perfect! That’s why I asked Melsha for her help. She’s brilliant!

The only thing we had to figure out was how to raise the money. We threw a few ideas around. A guest bartending event. A silent auction. We even threw around the idea of raffling off a date with Scott Weller but decided we needed some ideas that were actually going to raise money.

One night, Melsha, her husband Matt and I went for a tea and chili after a workout and Matt presented an idea, “What about burpees? I would pay $20 to make you have to do 20 burpees.”

“Really? You would?”

“Absolutely,” Matt confirmed.

I looked at Melsha, we nodded at each other and it was decided. Even the name Buck-A-Burpee was Matt’s idea. It’s amazing what a good bowl of chili can create.

That’s how I came to do 7,525 burpees in 35 days to try and raise $7,525 for Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta. A goal that we accomplished plus a little extra.

A little insider secret: The original idea was to have me do 7,525 burpees in 35 HOURS!! I am so grateful we came to our senses in time!

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