Sun­day’s the day the teddy bears break a record

Central Leader - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

Teddy bears and their mas­ters will link up this week­end in a bid to make Guin­ness World Record glory for the long­est hu­man to teddy bear chain.

Saint Kentigern School in Re­muera is host­ing the at­tempt as part of its fundrais­ing fun run on Sun­day.

Friends and Par­ents chair­man Mark Conelly hopes to get 3000 peo­ple and 3000 ted­dies down to the Mar­tyn Wil­son Field.

“It’ll be great to get 3000 and we’ll worry about crowd con­trol when it comes to it,” he says.

“We will have a po­lice pres­ence.”

The school only got ap- proval from Guin­ness World Records three weeks ago.

Since Mr Conelly stum­bled across the idea ear­lier this year it has al­ready been bro­ken twice.

He says the school’s 50th year pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing “a bit bold”.

Af­ter re­search into pos­si­ble records, he found only one that “re­ally pressed our but­tons”.

“The lit­tle ones love the ted­dies and the older ones are re­ally into the idea of break­ing a world record,” he says.

“We want the boys to have a mem­o­rable year and one of those mem­o­ries will be a world record.”

To com­ply with the strict rules sur­round­ing a world record at­tempt, all teddy bears must be le­git­i­mate ted­dies – not just any soft toy.

Par­tic­i­pants will be or­gan­ised into lines of 200, to be counted and signed off.

Any­one tak­ing part needs to be at the field on Shore Rd at 10.30am with a gold coin do­na­tion.

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