Lift4Life was inspired during the summer of 2015, when founder and passionate powerlifter John Downing travelled to Zimbabwe on trip with his church. On the last day on route to the airport, John was toured through a local community center where he heard the distant and familiar sound of metal plates on concrete. Following the sound, he discovered a humble little gym and immediately bonded with the lifters on the bench press. It was here that John realized the opportunity to combine a passion for powerlifting and service, and Lift4Life was born.
WHAT WE DO
Lift4Life empowers marginalized communities through strength training and the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting is composed of the squat, benchpress, and deadlift, and is a low-cost accessible sport to build community and connect people around the world. Powerlifting is additionally utilized to address drug abuse as a drug free sport, foster women empowerment, provide employment opportunities, and so much more. The organization provides funding support for lifting equipment, as well as training and resource support for local coaches and athletes. All equipment is built locally to provide employment opportunities, and local lifters are empowered to take on projects to ensure sustainability.
WHERE WE WORK
Lift4Life currently works in Zimbabwe, with access to 41 community centres in the capital city of Harare and is in the process of expanding to every province in the country. In the summer of 2019, Lift4Life will be expanding to other countries to continue to foster additional opportunities for powerlifting to create positive change.
To date, Lift4Life has provided 4 full powerlifting equipment sets, hosted 8 unsanctioned competitions, sponsored 6 lifters to international competitions, and established 50+ youth scholarships. We continuously host various powerlifting workshops and coaching clinics, develop powerlifting resources and support groups, and we supported the establishment of the Zimbabwe Powerlifting Federation (ZPF) a formal organization in the country now recognized within the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) the highest international body of powerlifting.
OUR DREAM FOR THE FUTURE
Lift4Life believes powerlifting is a sport for everyone, and that everyone should have the opportunity to participate regardless of gender, race, religion, and socio-economic status. It is our goal to spread the power and benefits of the sport worldwide.
hOW YOU CAN HELP
Lift4Life is always looking for sponsorship and donations – check out our SUPPORT page for our current projects and partnership opportunities. We are also always looking for innovative ideas, resource support, and avenues to raise awareness for our cause and welcome anything you can offer. Feel free to CONTACT US as well as share what we are all about.