Community to attempt world record
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.’’
Cress Evans, Wiremu Akuhata, Lisa Mohenoa and Nikki Aaron get ready before the event.