Beat the priest is an event fully organised by the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, North London, and the aim is to earn money for the Charity Organisation Children with Cancer UK.
The idea rose after our Priests visited some hospitals where small children were treated for cancer. The Priests started researching for an Organisation which not only helps children with cancer, but also carries out research to fight the cancer before it appears.
One of the two Priests of our Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, in Golders Green, Fr Savvas, used to train for strongman and powerlifting contests in Greece and other countries. He stopped training 6 years ago, when he joined the priesthood. He had an injury three years ago in the left knee during his work at the Church but underwent surgery last May and has since recovered.
Currently, he started training again to try to increase his strength only for this purpose: to earn money for Children with Cancer UK.
Generally, the event is a bench press challenge. The target is to push the highest possible percentage over the 100% of your bodyweight. The three first places with the highest percentages over their bodyweight will win nice prizes and gifts.