Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 11, 2009 -- As Richard and Wendy Tendys take up an almost impossible challenge, all eyes are turning on the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. The Tendys are hosting a Guinness World Record challenge on 19th November, in the tropical island nation of Vanuatu.
In order to increase awareness of the special education needs of the children of Vanuatu, the Tendys will bring together 820 senior high school children to challenge âHow Many People to Write A Story in 24 Hoursâ.
The students are only permitted to write one sentence each, in a continuous story that will tell how two children, riding on a magic giant tortoise, will fly the length of Vanuatu, on a hunt for pieces of a treasure map. Ni-Vanuatu local artist, Guy Deroin will illustrate the story and student teachers from VITE Teachers Training College will assist. The story will be published as a hard copy book.
On November 19th, all the Tendys' years of teaching experience will be put to the test, as the challenge is made more difficult by the fact that for the vast majority of the students will be writing in their third language (English). There are around 156 separate languages in Vanuatu, second only to the number in Papua New Guinea.
In 2004 the Tendys retired' to Vanuatu, after teaching English as a second language in Hong Kong. The Tendys renovated a property and opened Seachange Lodge, a boutique 6 roomed holiday accommodation, instead of retiring. Quickly they became involved in a local community, forming YouMe Support Foundation, to help the local children gain a high school education.
Placing their 'money where their mouth is' they set about raffling Seachange Lodge on the Internet. Some lucky person will possess the prime piece of water front real estate, Seachange Lodge for just $Au49, in December 2010.
As part of their ongoing programme, they came up with the idea of creating a Guinness World Challenge that would highlight the need of the local children. In Vanuatu there is no free or necessary education. With no 'social security system in place, many islanders are out of work and have no way of raising funds for educating their children. As Nelson Mandela stated, "The only way to make lasting change is through education".
The Guinness World Record staff are delighted to see a small South Pacific country make a world name for itself and are hoping the challenge will succeed. A Guinness World Record adjudicator will be present on the day, to present a framed certificate, if the record is broken. The current record was created in 2007, by an Austrian group, with 797 people participating.
### Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys and her husband are CEO's of YouMe Support Foundation ([http://youmesupport.org]) provide high school education grants for children who are without hope. You can help in this really great project by taking a few minutes to check it the Tropical Island Treasure Chest at Win a Resort ([http://winaresort.com]) It really will change your life. Feel free to contact Wendy on firstname.lastname@example.org