Sanjay Makan’s New Year’s resolution for 2019 was to lose weight, but instead of joining a gym, he decided to work in the evening delivering take-out by bicycle for Deliveroo, a British online food delivery company founded in 2013.
Makan, who runs a Subway franchise in Bromley, also decided that, rather than keeping the money from his part-time job, he would generously donate it to two charities: Crisis and Cancer Research UK. The 44-year-old, who lives in south west London, said he weighed close to 240 pounds before becoming a delivery rider in October 2017, which technically made him obese. Since then, he’s lost almost 31 pounds and hopes to lose another 35 in the next few months.
“Rather than pay money for a gym membership in order to lose weight, why not be paid to lose weight?” he told HuffPost UK. “But instead of keeping those earnings, I wished to donate them.”
In the past, Makan had difficulty sticking to a diet or an exercise plan, but by simply riding his bike in the evenings, he’s managed to effectively lose weight without having to make unrealistic sacrifices.
“I have called my exploits the ‘DeliverLose’ plan,” he said. “Deliver, lose weight (and earn!)”
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Makan, who has earned an estimated £2,000 from his night job, calculates that he’ll be able to donate £3,500 to £4,000 by the time he reaches his target weight. In order to match the funds that he’s contributing from his delivery job, Makan has launched a fundraising page with a goal of £50,000. So far, he’s received more than £1,500 in donations.
“People can offer to match the earnings of one of my hours’ work (£12) or a full shift (2-4 hours, £25-£60),” he suggested on the website.
Trudy Stammer, Cancer Research UK’s head of volunteer fundraising, and Richard Lee, director of fundraising at Crisis, said they are grateful to Makan for his support.
“It’s amazing that he’s giving over 300 hours of his time, as well as the money he earns and sponsorship on top of this,” Lee said. “It is only because of amazing people like Sanjay that we are able to support thousands of vulnerable people.”
“Our ambition is to see three in four people survive their cancer by 2034 and that will only be possible with the imagination and efforts of people like Sanjay who raise money for our life-saving research,” Stammer added.
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Makan chose to support Crisis and Cancer Research UK because they are causes that are close to his heart. He lost an aunt and a close friend to cancer, and he believes that “homelessness is never acceptable. However, it is all the harder to survive during the winter months.”
Crisis, the UK national charity for single homeless people founded in 1967, provides year-round education, employment, housing, and well-being services from centers in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Edinburgh and Merseyside. In addition to its year-round services, the charity offers food, warmth, companionship, and services to homeless people during Christmas. In 2016, nearly 4,600 homeless people were assisted by Crisis at Christmas.
Cancer Research UK , a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK and Isle of Man, was established in 2002 through the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. The charity’s mission is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. The world's largest independent cancer research charity, the organization is dedicated to researching the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.