My Name is Idai Makaya. On 17th-18th March 2024, to celebrate my 50th birthday, I will attempt to break the world record for Most Squats In 24 Hours which currently stands at 25,000 reps.
This world record attempt will take place at Bodystreet Milton Keynes Train Station and is dedicated to my late brother Garai Makaya, who died on 11th February 2017, in a skydiving accident.
After Garai's passing, I pledged to continue his fundraising work in Southern Africa through a series of extreme ultra-endurance world record events, which I started in 2018 (you can read about my previous world records here).
My 24 hour squats Guinness world record attempt will specifically be aimed at achieving a fundraising goal of $5,000 (£4,000) to install a borehole at an orphanage called Hupenyu Hutsva (HH) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The availability of an unlimited clean water supply will have an immediate impact on the lives of the 65 children living at the orphanage, in terms of improved sanitation and hygiene (including a reduced risk of contracting cholera and other diseases which are currently causing a health crisis in the area where the orphanage is situated).
The borehole will also enable the orphanage to start growing its own vegetables, which will improve the childrens' dietary intake and enhance the longterm sustainability of the orphanage by generating revenue through the commercial sale of vegetables to the surrounding communities.
I strongly believe this fundraising event can launch a sustainable longterm change in an organisation doing great work for children in desperate circumstances (children with nobody to look out for them, other than volunteers and kind-hearted strangers, like you and me).
I hope all of you reading this will consider supporting this cause. Even if your contribution is as small as $1 it will be another step towards the success of this venture, in much the same way as every single squat I will do will take me closer to the 25,001 world record target!
Another way you can potentially support this event will be to serve as a witness or volunteer marshall during the world record attempt. If you are within travelling distance of Milton Keynes on 17-18 March 2024 and can spare an hour or more to support me during the world record attempt, please contact me directly.
If you'd like more insights into my training and mental preparation, I'm uploading regular 1-minute video clips to my training Vlog. I hope some of you will find it interesting!
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS FUNDRAISING PROJECT
On the 11th February 2017, my brother Garai Makaya passed away in a skydiving accident in South Africa. Garai had been a pioneer and innovator in the skydiving & adventure tourism sector in Botswana, touching many lives by making what many considered to be an extreme sport more accessible and more relevant to everyday people.
Garai used his skydiving passion to build charitable tourism events around Botswana and was a remarkably unique individual who brought warmth & inspiration into the lives of everyone who knew him. He established skydiving as an official sport in Botswana (recognised by the Botswana Sports Council & supported by the Botswana Ministry of Tourism) and was committed to building an enduring skydiving & adventure tourism movement in Botswana.
As depicted in the photo below (with His Excellency President Ian Khama, the President of Botswana at the time) Garai was able to reach and engage with people of all ages, backgrounds & careers - and he was able to get them to take an active interest in the things he was passionate about (which mainly covered supporting charities, skydiving, movies, coffee, craft beer & burgers)!
In his memory, I have undertaken to raise £80,000 for charitable projects in Southern Africa and have committed myself to a series of ultra-endurance fitness challenges designed to raise awareness and help drive this venture. I am also writing a book about my endurance challenges, the proceeds of which will contribute towards my fundraising goals.
Additionally, I am comitted to making a documentary film about Garai and the ways he has inspired me and many other people to take on and achieve goals which we never believed could be possible. Again, all the proceeds of the documentary film will be dedicated to my fundraising goals.
To date, I have raised over £11,000 towards the £80,000 target through my previous world record events and I aim to continue working on this legacy project until my fundraising target has been attained. However, for my 50th birthday celebration, I am keen to address the urgent needs of the HH Orphanage and the Squats World Record attempt fundraising is aimed only at this particular project.
During his lifetime Garai never gave up on any of his important goals and in that same spirit I will work on my fundraising goals £1 at a time & 1 squat at a time. As Garai's brother, I feel compelled to use whatever skills and connections I have to contribute towards the realisation of this goal, which is why I have dedicated the biggest and toughest fitness challenges of my entire life towards the fundraising effort required to make this vision a reality.
I will continue to fight on until I have achieved all my goals and seen this project through to fruition. Until then, you can continue to follow my progress on this fundraising page and on my personal blog. Those of you who never got to meet Garai in person, but would like to know a little more about him, can read an article about the last 10 years of his life as a skydiver, here .
And you can find more details of my fundraising efforts to-date on my previous GoFundMe page.
Thank you for reading this message and thanks to all of you who have believed in me (and believed in Garai's story) by choosing to support this project.