Coun­ter­punch against vi­o­lent acts in record at­tempts

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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.”

Photo: Emma Mur­ray

ANTI-VI­O­LENCE: Eli Skuthorpe, in his 'one punch can kill' suit at Blue­wa­ter Quay, has been rais­ing aware­ness for the anti-vi­o­lence move­ment.

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