Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 23, 2009 -- Successfully hosting a Guinness World Record on November 19th, for 'How Many People Can Write a Story in 24 Hours', YouMe Support Foundation, a charity of Vanuatu, wrote itself into the history books.
The838 participants taking part were mostly made up of school students from around Port Vila. In 2007. The record previous record was held by Novum Verlag Gmbh in Neckenmarktt, Austria, with 797 participants.
The students were brought from their schools, by Melanesian Tours and quickly registered on arrival at the huge marquee, donated by Le Lagon Resort. The student teachers from Malapoa Training Teachers College then assisted the participants, in groups of 24, to create a sentence. There was a further registration before the sentence was finally added to the continuous scroll. Often the students had to wait for up to an hour, as only one person was allowed to write at a time, according to the rules laid down by the Guinness World Record organization.
The only Asia-Pacific Guinness World Record adjudicator, Chris Sheedy said, "It was the first time I have been invited to a Pacific island to adjudicate an event".In his speech declaring a successful attempt, he complemented YouMe Support Foundation on such a well organized event. He enjoyed the fact that a Guinness Record embraced and enhanced the local culture, as well.
Guy Deroin, a local Ni-Vanuatu, cartoonist brilliantly illustrated the 35 chapters of 'Vanuatu Treasure'. The plot involved two children and a giant tortoise searching across the entire length of the tropical island archipelago of Vanuatu, (1000kms) for clues to a hidden treasure chest. On their way they discovered all the exciting and interesting things that can be actually found in Vanuatu, from the giant kauri forest in the south, to the largest South Pacific fresh water lake on top of a volcano, to water music in the far north. The story will be published as a book, which the public will be able to purchase.
Prime Minister Edward Natapei was present to hear the event declared a success, just 10 hours after it had begun. He said that a Guinness World Record is the ideal promotion for Vanuatu overseas, as many people are not sure just where one of the best holiday destinations in the South Pacific, is located.
The Prime Minister also felt that the three life size characters and the scroll have a place in history and could possibly be displayed at the Cultural Museum in Port Vila, for public viewing.
The only other Guinness World Record held by Vanuatu, is the underwater post office at Hideaway Resort.
The Guinness World Record attempt was part of the ongoing promotion of raising funds for high school education grants. Just as Marter Homes and Boy's Town raise funds in Australia, by raffling expensive homes, so YouMe Support Foundation is raising funds by raffling a prime piece of real estate on the Internet, at Win a Resort.
### 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