At­tempt puts wheel­chairs in fo­cus

Central Leader - - NEWS -

They may not have bro­ken a world record but wheel­chair users are still cel­e­brat­ing.

To mark the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties on Tues­day, both dis­abled and able-bod­ied peo­ple took to Halsey Wharf to try to beat the Guin­ness World Record for the long­est line of mov­ing wheel­chairs.

Youth dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion The Cube and At­ti­tude TV man­aged to get 113 peo­ple to take part, 80 shy of the cur­rent record. It was set by 193 par­tic­i­pants in an event or­gan­ised by the Christo­pher and Dana Reeve Foun­da­tion in Los An­ge­les in 2010.

For cen­tral Auck­land res­i­dent 18-year-old Grace Lee the day meant more than just break­ing a record.

‘‘I’m sure it will raise aware­ness to other peo­ple that even peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

Record at­tempt: More than 100 dis­abled and able-bod­ied peo­ple took to Halsey Wharf to try to beat the Guin­ness World Record for the long­est line of mov­ing wheel­chairs.

Rais­ing aware­ness: Cen­tral Auck­land res­i­dent Grace Lee hopes The Cube’s record at­tempt will raise aware­ness about peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video of the record at­tempt.

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