Red socks to hang in spotlight once again
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.