March 29, 2024 – The hip hop artist Shifty Presidents – real name Mark Smith – decided it was time to quit drinking alcohol and stop taking drugs on his 40th birthday. “I made a declaration on January 1, 2024 on social media – so that once I told everyone I was committing to do this. “ I would start every day for the next year with a cold plunge and a motivational message.

He also decided to set himself a series of challenges while fundraising for various good causes at the same time.

So far he has completed a 21-day food fast and a bungee jump in Killicrankie.

There are also plans to do a skydive in May, walk the West Highland Way and complete the four Kiltwalks this year in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

“I decided that not only was I going to do this year sober but I wanted to face every fear I have and really challenge myself,” he says.