Counterpunch against violent acts in record attempts
THE victim of a cowardice attack in the Mackay CBD in August, Eli Skuthorpe has been inspired to raise awareness for the One Punch Can Kill anti-violence movement.
Donning a white suit covered with red paint - emulating a blood-stained look to garner interest for the cause Mr Skuthorpe has drawn on his experiences to pursue three Guinness World Records in a bid to stamp out violence in the region: ‘Longest Individual Dance Marathon,’ ‘Longest Dance Party’ and ‘Most Consecutive Jujitsu Rounds.’
“I was attacked in town after the food and wine festival... and I lay in bed and thought ‘what’s the biggest impact thing I could do with what I’ve got?’” Mr Skuthorpe said.
“The next person who gets attacked may not be so lucky. You’ve got to look out for your mates and set up systems in place.
“We might not be able to solve everyone’s aggression, but what we could do is teach our own crew self discipline.”
Mr Skuthorpe hopes his initiative unites the community and puts Mackay on the map amongst the Guinness World Records, with each effort representing a different concept. His attempts collaborate into one overarching goal he envisions for the community; instilling self-discipline and empowerment while rallying everyone towards a common objective.
“First and foremost, we’ve got personal power, win-win relationships and a common goal,” he said.
“The dance party is a team effort and that’s where I really want to take it; get the community involved and step away from street violence to achieving world records - imagine that for Mackay.”
ANTI-VIOLENCE: Eli Skuthorpe, in his 'one punch can kill' suit at Bluewater Quay, has been raising awareness for the anti-violence movement.