Com­mu­nity to at­tempt world record

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

To cel­e­brate the hard work of South­landers, South Alive is planning a world record at­tempt and hopes to get the wider com­mu­nity in­volved.

More than 250 peo­ple are ex­pected to line up and take part in cre­at­ing the long­est hu­man chain of peo­ple pat­ting each other on the back, with the hopes of their story and photos be­ing pub­lished in an up­com­ing Guin­ness World Records book.

The event will be held at the South Alive Com­mu­nity Gar­dens on De­cem­ber 10, at 1.30pm.

South Alive man­ager Cress Evans said the idea came about as a way to thank busi­nesses, fun­ders, spon­sors and the com­mu­nity for their work on the re­cent build and ex­pan­sion of The Pantry and com­mu­nity area.

The work was some­thing to stand up and be proud of, she said.

‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether and have fun with­out the work.’’

South Alive ap­plied to set the record about four months ago, but was re­cently ‘‘given the green light’’ to start or­gan­is­ing the event.

The record is yet to be set, but the re­quire­ment would need at least 251 peo­ple to take part in the record at­tempt.

To make the at­tempt le­git­i­mate, sev­eral in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses, coun­ters, drone footage of video and photos need to be pro­vided, and en­trances and ex­its to be con­trolled, Evans said.

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. We’re get­ting there. We don’t think we’ll have a prob­lem get­ting the num­bers.’’

South Alive had al­ready started giv­ing out in­vi­ta­tions to busi­nesses and spon­sors, but en­cour­aged the wider South­land com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to join in.

In­ver­cargill Mayor Tim Shad­bolt was in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing, Evans said.

‘‘It’s about be­ing proud of what a strong com­mu­nity we have.’’

The only chal­lenge was or­gan­is­ing the lo­gis­tics, but the team was not short of ideas.

Coloured caps or T-shirts for a bright photo, wrist bands or stamps for en­try, and a cel­e­bra­tion with live mu­sic and a free bar­be­cue af­ter the at­tempt were be­ing planned.

South Alive com­mu­nity co­or­di­na­tor Nikki Aaron said it was fun to be help­ing set up the event.

‘‘You don’t get a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to set a Guin­ness World Record.’’

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

Cress Evans, Wiremu Akuhata, Lisa Mo­henoa and Nikki Aaron get ready be­fore the event.

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