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Russian farmer with cerebral palsy posts his workout video on FB, but needs help!

It's easy to find an excuse not to work out – tired, no time, whatever. But a Russian farmer with cerebral palsy says exercise is vital for him. Vladimir Tonkonog has posted an inspiring video of his workout hoping to raise money to buy gym equipment.

Tonkonog doesn't like to talk about his disabilities. Although he contracted cerebral palsy as a child, he is nonetheless a man of action, a family man. His wife and two little daughters are the be-all and end-all for the 30 year-old. The family lives near the town of Pogranichniy, in the Primorskiy Krai region of Russia’s Far East.

It so happened that to keep fit Vladimir badly needs to do his daily routine and exercise as much as possible, to keep his disabilities at bay. He says he used to have a three-wheel bike that he managed to ride so well he even took part in a competition. Sadly, the bike got burned one day.

Vladimir used to go to a gym in his village. He says he has been keen to get fitness equipment for all muscle groups he could use at home, along with barbells and dumbbells. All that is totally unaffordable for Tonkonog.

Photo from facebook.com/Vladimirtonk

“My dream is to live and be like everyone else,” Vladimir said in an interview with RT. “I don't want to merely exist, I want to live and be useful to others.”

“What keeps me going is the love of others and their attitude to me,”
Tonkonog said. “When I'm treated not like a disabled person, but as a healthy person. That's very important for me."

Earlier, the farmer saw his dream come true after wellwishers helped him buy a greenhouse. In 2011, the family was forced to sell the flat they owned in a settlement near the Chinese border and relocated to a house. He had accumulated a number of debts after businesses involving yarn and then homemade beer didn’t turn out as he expected.

READ MORE: Net gains: Disabled Russian farmer gets dream greenhouse after Facebook plea

Photo from facebook.com/Vladimirtonk

So Vladimir decided to try to make living as a farmer, and enthusiastically took to tending his chickens, rabbits and vegetable garden. The farmer suffered another defeat after the authorities took away 50 percent of his disability allowance. His dream to obtain a greenhouse seemed surreal, given that even a small one cost 60,000 rubles ($1,056). However, the man's prayers were answered when he was sent money online, which enabled him to buy the greenhouse.

“I never expected anybody to respond,” Tonkonog told RT. “Thank you all so much!”

The challenge now is to keep fit and exercise at home using workout equipment that's a real must-have for Vladimir. Donations are more than welcome!

PayPal: tonkonogvl@yandex.ru

Sberbank Visa bank card (within Russia): 4276 5000 1820 5169

For Foreign Donations:
Address: 692581, Rossiya, Primorskij kraj, p.Pogranichnyj, ul. Budennogo 49-1

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