Earl ‘Ole George’ Daniel continues his mission to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Come Thursday, May 31, 2018, Daniel will attempt to dance until June 7, 2018, and if he is successful, he will hold the record for longest dance on record, some 168 hours.
Daniel, who returns to his adopted homeland of Quebec, Canada, today, Tuesday, February 13, was in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), putting things in place for his week-long dance.
He told SEARCHLIGHT that while the venue is not yet finalized, he is looking at using the upper level of the Kingstown Vegetable Market to attempt the record-breaking dance.
Daniel, a social worker in Quebec, said this time around, his dancing will be used to bring attention to crime and diabetes, as statistics in these areas point to serious problems, in his opinion.
He is hoping to work along with local police and has already touched base with the Barbados Diabetic Association.
“Sometimes we look to the politicians and the police, sometimes we look to somebody else to solve the problems, but we hardly look at ourselves,” said Daniel, who added that to help solve some issues, we must look at ourselves and ask certain questions.
He said that it is important that persons do self-assessment and make contracts with themselves to do things differently.
“In SVG, we speak violently a lot of times. If you stand up and listen how people talk to one another, we hear violence; so, this dance is to check us, press pause and let’s do a little evaluation, self-evaluation,” said Daniel. Daniel shot to fame in 1998 when he walked around SVG. He said that back then, he walked for one day, but he was curious as to how long he could walk for, so he did it for two days, then three days.
He later found out that the Guinness Book of World Record’s longest walk record was held by a man in England, who in 2005, walked for six days, 23 mins.He then went to Jamaica in 2006, where he walked for seven days around Emancipation Park. Then again in 2007, he walked for seven days, one hour and in 2008 walked for eight days in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Also, in 2008, Daniel walked from Montreal to New York. He has also walked around Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, all the Grenadine islands and has walked around SVG a total nine times.