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Coward Punch Dinner 2021 – Postponed

It is with regret that we inform you that the ‘STOP the Coward Punch Campaign’ annual dinner will be postponed once again, considering the recent surge of COVID-19 infections across Melbourne.

In the interests of the health and safety of our guests, we feel we cannot move forward with preparations for this event whilst the pandemic still poses a risk to our community. The Coward Punch Board, Committee & I have decided to postpone the dinner to a date later in the year, where we can celebrate the achievements of the campaign and the community without fear of another outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought preparations for the 2020 dinner to a standstill and to come so close to the date once again has been devastating for the team who have worked so hard to make this event come alive. Whilst we have been able to achieve a great deal over the past 12 months, our goals are ever-growing and our vision for 2021 relies heavily on the donations & support from our community.

We are so proud of what we have been able to achieve so far, and we know that we can do again what we have done before. We hope you can stand by us in our decision to postpone our event and continue to support our annual event by joining us in the later part of 2021.

Fundraising is crucial to our campaign. As a charity that exists to educate, raise awareness, and save lives, above all – the contribution from supporters like yourself is what makes our fight possible.

More information on our future date will be available soon. You will receive reissued tickets with the updated event details in the coming months. Please keep an eye on our socials for updates as we work through this period.

We have lost two events to this pandemic, whilst this has been disappointing, we know that we can come back even stronger where we have your support!

Until then, please take care and stay safe & healthy! I look forward to seeing you later in the year.

Yours faithfully,

Danny Green
Founder – Coward Punch Campaign

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Danny Green targets NRL fans in ‘coward punch’ advert during State of Origin

Danny Green has used the NRL’s State of Origin match in his hometown to launch a national week as part of his ongoing fight to call time on the coward’s punch.

The champion WA boxer last night kicked off the inaugural Coward’s Punch Week with the airing of a television commercial during the historic game in Perth to highlight the devastating consequences of senseless violence.

With the message reaching millions across the country, Green said to kick off the week-long awareness campaign during the “most-watched event of the year” was an “incredible opportunity to really, really hit home”.

“The demographic as well watching the State of Origin, is definitely the demographic we want to reach,” Green, 46, said.

Research by Green’s Stop the Coward’s Punch campaign showed 99 per cent assailants in reported attacks across the country between 2005 and 2011 were men, half of which are aged between 18 and 23. About 70 per cent of attacks were carried out between 10pm and 4am and 12 per cent resulted in death.

“The coward’s punch is a growing scourge in our community,” Green explains in the ad, which will also run on radio and online.

“Since 2001, over 100 lives have been snuffed out.

“Hundreds more have been injured. The coward’s punch takes lives and scars families, friends and survivors for life.”

Green said his fight against violence in the community was working, saying the term “coward’s punch” had replaced “king-hit” and “one-punch” in the Australian vernacular, adding it was being used by magistrates and judges in handing down sentences.

“Just having that simple, yet very powerful message attached to (assault offences) … you are going to be branded a coward for the rest of your life,” Green said. “It’s a very powerful deterrent for a young man.”

But Green said coward’s punches were still claiming too many victims and called on the courts to hand out tougher sentences.

Green said an e-learning tool was being developed which would be rolled out in schools, sports clubs and community groups later this year. Coward’s Punch Week will end on Friday with a fundraising dinner at Crown Melbourne.

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