Humanitarians brutally attacked in downtown St. John’s

Published on June 12, 2015

I Am Genie founders Joshua Dawson and Ingrid Thornhill say they were attacked Thursday night by three men outside the Fat Cat on George Street in St. John’s.

Pictures of the couple on Facebook show them bleeding and bruised, with cuts on their faces and heads. Dawson was knocked unconscious, they say, while Thornhill needed stitches in her forehead.

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“... A maniac punching, knocking me and throwing me through a wall and flicking me 10 feet off the ground into a pile of rocks and garbage,” Thornhill wrote.

“Three men beat Ingrid and I up on George Street last night for no reason,” Dawson wrote next to the photo of his injuries. “I was left for dead after they kicked me senseless. After getting the ambulance to the hospital and spending the night, the police said there is nothing they can do. I know one of the assailant’s names. Hitting me is one thing. Hitting Ingrid, not acceptable. St. John’s, time to take back our city.”

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed for The Telegram that a complaint was received around 4:30 a.m. this morning regarding the assaults on the couple by three men. The RNC said the victims were taken to hospital, treated and released.

The matter is under investigation and the RNC are looking to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

I Am Genie is a wish-granting organization founded after the death of Dawson’s father, with the goal of inspiring people to do good in the world. Since 2009, the foundation has granted more than $1 million in dream days to people around the world who are living with terminal illnesses or other challenges, and a reality TV show based on the foundation’s work is in production.

 Most recently, Dawson and Thornhill partnered with The Telegram’s Warm Hearts project to give 15 female victims of domestic violence from Iris Kirby House a day of surprises, including dining, shopping and a photo shoot.

“What people do to you doesn’t make you who you are,” Dawson said at the time.