Attempt puts wheelchairs in focus
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.