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Man Takes On Charity 'Kebabathon' By Eating 60 Kebabs In One Month

Man Takes On Charity 'Kebabathon' By Eating 60 Kebabs In One Month

A man in Manchester is taking philanthropy to new, meaty extremes with an ambitious 'kebabathon', having vowed to eat 60 kebabs in just 30 days this November to raise money for charity.

While some people like to use the penultimate month of the year to grow a dodgy 'tache to raise a bit of cash, Derek Breakey, 34, has decided he'll be testing the limits of his impressive appetite by consuming no less than 60 kebabs.

Inspired to do something for a charity close to his heart, Breakey is fundraising for Nerve Tumours UK, which provides crucial support to people living with Neurofibromatoses - a group of conditions where tumors grow in the nervous system.

So far he's already raised almost half of his £1,000 ($1,300) target amount, having raked in £485 ($630) in donations.

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Breakey, a street photographer, told LADbible he's done a lot of charity work in the past, but wanted to put his 'skills to use'.

Credit: Derek Breakey
Credit: Derek Breakey

"I eat a lot of kebabs anyway - my current record is 39 in 28 days," he said, admitting he was on his way to get himself a mixed shawarma and a doner kebab for his lunch.

"I'm doing 60 in 30 days, so I'm starting on Sunday [1 November] and then it ends on 30 November.

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"I'm doing two a day."

Breakey said he'll be hitting up various places in Manchester to get through his challenge, having already managed to forge firm friendships with kebab shop owners across the city through his love for the fast food staple.

One of Breakey's two kebabs he ate the day we spoke to him. Credit: Derek Breakey
One of Breakey's two kebabs he ate the day we spoke to him. Credit: Derek Breakey

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He continued: "Generally I stay away from mixed kebabs. I get them sometimes - I only get them from places I know they're gonna be bang on. That's why sometimes I'll get two, I'll get a cheeky little doner and then I'll get like a shawarma. I just go with the flow to be honest.

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"I know loads of kebab owners, I'm pretty tight with a lot of them. I've got them in my phone book, It's that bad!"

Some of his favourite spots in Manchester include Levenshulme Bakery for an 'amazing' shawarma, Red Cherry in Levenshulme and Chilli's on Oldham Road in the city centre.

'Ate one in the car... and belted one up for the journey home.' Credit: Derek Breakey
'Ate one in the car... and belted one up for the journey home.' Credit: Derek Breakey

He added: "Rusholme Chippy in Rusholme for a koobideh - wow, honestly.

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"It's two big, long pieces of koobideh on this oval naan that is basically like buttered in, I don't know, unicorn juice! It's probably ghee, but unicorn juice sounds better!"

An avid member of the Manchester Donner Connoisseurs group, Breakey will also be reviewing each and every one of the 60 kebabs he eats throughout the challenge.

And he doesn't seem worried at all about the daunting task of consuming so many kebabs across a 30-day period.

He added: "It's an absolute pleasure! I can't wait!"

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You can support Breakey's Kebabathon by donating via JustGiving here.

Featured Image Credit: Derek Breakey

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]