Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- With 1,802 successful participants, Endenglen primary school and Eastleigh primary school in Johannesburg, set a new Guinness World Record on October 15th. They broke the world record of the 'Most People Washing Their Hands'.
The hand washing had to take place at exactly the same moment. The previous record was made in October 2008 in Bangladesh, with 1,213 participants.
Protex soap manufacturers organized the challenge, in order to promote daily hand hygiene. They firmly believe millions of lives could be saved if only this simple task was given its rightful place, in the daily routine.
The children first had to get their hands dirty before they could wash them. They were lined up around their allocated tables ready for the record attempt to start. Each table had different coloured paint in tubs, so the students could place their hands in and then put them onto a blank canvas in the middle of the table. The teachers and stewards then removed all the canvases and took them onto the playing field, once all the children had created their hand prints. These were then arranged into a large African flag.
Protex soap was used under the nails, over the hands and up the wrists, then rinsed off, before the hands were dried. All this had to take place simultaneously in just 20 seconds.
On November 19th, 820 high school children in the tropical island of Vanuatu, will attempt "The Number of People To Write a Story in 24 Hours", in an effort to highlight the desperate need for funds to put and keep students in high school. In Vanuatu there is no compulsory, nor free education.
The story will reveal the scenic highlights of one of the South Pacificâs most unique holiday destinations, Vanuatu.
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