Char­i­ties tap into record bid

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Philippa Hamil­ton

AUCK­LAND will shoot it out with New Ply­mouth for the ti­tle of the World’s Largest Ever Wa­ter Pis­tol Fight next month.

Both at­tempts to beat the Guin­ness World Record are to be held within 24 hours of each other, but un­til now nei­ther city has known of each other’s plans.

The events have been or­gan­ised by two New Zealand char­i­ties looking to make a splash for a good cause.

Unicef an­nounced its plan to stage the mass wa­ter pis­tol fight at West­ern Springs Park on April 5 just days be­fore Va­ri­ety an­nounced the same event to be held in New Ply­mouth.

But de­spite the tim­ing of the events, both char­i­ties say there is no con­nec­tion be­tween the projects.

“The pro­cess­ing of applications with Guin­ness takes quite a while,” says Unicef spokes­woman and event or­gan­iser Jen­nifer Boyes.

Unicef hopes the clash will be pos­i­tive for the event and add an el­e­ment of friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

The Auck­land event is fo­cused on in­creas­ing aware­ness of this year’s Unicef Tap Project.

The Tap Project is a re­peat of last year’s cam­paign, in which restau­rants asked din­ers to do­nate money to­wards the wa­ter they re­ceived with their meals.

The project aims to raise money for coun­tries lack­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter.

The New Ply­mouth record at­tempt will cel­e­brate the con­clu­sion of the an­nual Va­ri­ety Bash, which be­gins in Auck­land to­mor­row.

Va­ri­ety com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kelli Sul­li­van says they are ex­pect­ing a huge turnout from New Ply­mouth on the day, and Unicef has the same hopes for Auck­land. Both cities need at least 2671 par­tic­i­pants to get in­volved if they are to claim the ti­tle of world record holder on the day.

Unicef’s event at West­ern Springs Park will be held on April 5 from 11am to 1pm.

En­try is free, but each par­tic­i­pant must reg­is­ter on site from 10am.

Par­tic­i­pants can take their own wa­ter pis­tols as long as they are stan­dard, shop-bought mod­els. Wa­ter pis­tols will also be avail­able at the event in ex­change for a $2 do­na­tion to Unicef. – Philippa Hamil­ton is an

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Tak­ing aim: Jen­nifer Boyes gets ready for Unicef’s world record at­tempt to hold the World’s Largest Ever Wa­ter Fight at West­ern Springs Park.

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