Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) October 24, 2009 -- Hidden away in the North West of the South Pacific, lies one of its greatest secrets, the mystical 83 tropical island nation of Vanuatu, (New Hebrides). This tropical island paradise is easily accessible, being only a three hour flight out of Sydney, Australia.
On November 19th, 2009, 820 high school Ni-Vanuatu students will be gathered together by You Me Support Foundation, to explore and write about the exciting marvels of their country. This will include the worldâs largest banyan tree, a live volcano and giant kauri forests in the south, to giant clams and water music in the far north. The students will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the âMost People to Write a Story within 24 Hours'.
A student will be required to write a sentence every 30 seconds, in order to complete the challenge in one school day. Vanuatu boasts around 153 different languages, (second only in the number of languages to New Guinea). This will make the attempt even more difficult, as English will be the studentâs third or fourth language. Bislama being the local common language spoken. Also, the traditions and customs of Vanuatu are handed down orally.
To succeed in the Guinness World Record each participant must write only one, or at the most, two full sentences, that add comprehensively to the story, on a continuous piece of paper.
The story is based around the adventures of two children, who fly the 1000 kilometres between the 83 Vanuatu islands, hunting for clues to the mystery of the hidden treasure of Captain Natou, their great great grandfather. They come across obstacles at every turn, as they struggle to find the hidden bottles that have a piece of the map inside, plus the next clue.
Guy Deroin, a local and talented Ni-Vanuatu cartoonist will visualize the story for the students.
The challenge is part of the awareness program for raising funds for giving high school education grants to children who will never see the inside of a high school classroom, without outside assistance. There is no free education in Vanuatu. Only 56% of children go to primary school; of those only 25% go onto high school. YouMe Support Foundation is one of the few charities assisting these children.
The finished story is to be published as an ebook on the Internet and also sold as a hard copy. Every cent raised will assist another child through high school and tertiary education.
On 15th July 2007, in Neckenmarkt Austria, Novum Verlag GmbH organized the current Guinness World Record for theâMost People To Write a Story in 24 Hoursâ by 797 participants.
Currently the Tendys are raffling their Vanuatu property, Seachange Lodge, on the Internet, to raise funds for YouMe Support Foundation.
### 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