John breaks record for good cause

John Causley takes in sustenance on the way to setting his new PB of 1200 single-arm push-ups.
John Causley takes in sustenance on the way to setting his new PB of 1200 single-arm push-ups. Contributed

A CROWD of about 100 in the Grafton Shoppingworld mall watched in amazement on Saturday as John Causley cruised past his personal best of 1000 push-ups ... all on one arm.

Pumped by the energy drawn from the cheering onlookers, Mr Causley furthered his old record by 200 to 1200 push-ups.

Not only did he do it on one arm, he held his body in place mid-set while taking on fluids.

When we caught up with him yesterday he was not sure how far he could extend his feat.

"Maybe 1500, maybe 1400; I'm not going to stop," he said.

"Even though my mum and girlfriend are worried I'm pushing the limits too hard."

Behind Mr Causley's seemingly painful drive for greater numbers is an even greater drive to rid Australian society of binge drinking, mainly among youth.

"I'd also like to take up moti- vational speaking to try and help more people, especially young people," he said.

Mr Causley said there were a few people who he could not have done without in his record-breaking attempt.

"I just want to thank Ellie Shirrin, Wayne Phillips, Maggie Barnewell, Tony Bush and Dan Forrester, who passed me drinks," he said.

Mr Causley was raising money for the Ocsober Life Education initiative which aims to educate children about healthy life choices using the iconic giraffe mascot, Healthy Harold.

More than 22,000 people die in Australia each year as a result of alcohol and drug abuse.

People interested in donating to this cause and getting behind Ocsober should visit

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