Charities tap into record bid
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
AUT journalism student
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.