Red socks to hang in spot­light once again

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

More than 200 pairs of red socks were hung in Can­nons Creek School’s hall last week, as they con­trib­uted to a world record at­tempt.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Red Socks Cam­paign was launched around the coun­try in the lead-up to Lead­er­ship Week, start­ing July 1, an an­nual event de­signed to in­spire, de­velop and cel­e­brate Kiwi team­work and lead­er­ship.

Red Socks Day, to com­mem­o­rate Sir Peter Blake (who wore lucky red socks in the vic­to­ri­ous Amer­ica’s Cup cam­paign in 1995), takes place on July 8.

Welling­ton Phoenix foot­ball club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Nathan Green­ham kicked off pro­ceed­ings at Can­nons Creek School last Tues­day.

He told ju­nior stu­dents there were many ways they could be lead­ers – from help­ing younger brothers and sis­ters at home to show­ing the way in the class­room and on the sports­field.

He and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from West­pac, one of the trust’s spon­sors, then helped stu­dents peg 220 pairs of red socks to a clothes­line.

The school is one of 17 around New Zealand do­ing this be­fore June 30.

Then the 30,000 pairs – or 3km – of red socks will be strung up at West­pac Sta­dium in Welling­ton.

The world record stands at 2324 me­tres, ac­com­plished at an amuse­ment park in Ger­many last year.

Sir Peter Blake Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Shel­ley Camp­bell says Sir Peter set a num­ber of world records in his time, so the trust wanted to set one it­self this year. You can or­der your red socks on­line, for $3, at red­socks­day.org.

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