Townsville breaks world record in high-vis vests on World Mental Health Day
Thousands turned up to the Idalia carpark to break the world record. (ABC North QLD: Hannah Palmer )
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On World Mental Health Day, 1000’s of Townsville locals got here collectively in a purchasing centre automobile park to interrupt a world document in help of elevating consciousness for psychological well being.
- Townsville locals broke the world document for ‘most individuals carrying high-visibility vests at a single venue’
- There have been 2,499 contributors who broke the document, which was beforehand achieved in Japan with 2,136 folks
- The try happened along side World Psychological Well being Day
Organised by Psychological Well being Australia, locals rallied collectively to interrupt the document for ‘most individuals carrying high-visibility vests at a single venue’ — and so they had been profitable.
There have been 2,499 folks recorded carrying the high-vis vests, breaking the earlier document of two,136, held by the town of Kitakyushu in Japan since 21 October 2016.
Townsville Metropolis Council Deputy Mayor Les Walker mentioned it was an incredible feat for the town.
“This metropolis has received proper behind it,” Councillor Walker mentioned.
“Soccer golf equipment, soccer golf equipment, dance teams and the military have come down and everyone has accomplished their bit and in the present day 2,499 devoted folks turned as much as put Townsville on the map.”
Townsville has been awarded the world record for ‘Most People Wearing High-Visibility Vests At A Single Venue’. (ABC North Queensland: Hannah Palmer)
The purchasing centre in Idalia the place the document try happened was severely affected within the monsoonal occasion earlier this 12 months; lots of the shops closed and a few wanted to be rebuilt.
“It was solely eight months in the past that the place we’re all standing was beneath water and right here we’re months later, displaying the world that we come collectively,” Cr Walker mentioned.
“We’re sturdy, we’re resilient and we respect people who have a difficulty with psychological well being.
“It is crucial and it has been an emotional time in the present day.”
CEO of Psychological Well being Australia, Frank Quinlan, mentioned the world-record try thought took place to shine a lightweight on psychological well being this World Psychological Well being Day.
“As soon as we toyed with the thought of shining a lightweight on psychological well being, it started obvious that the high-vis vests had been going to be part of that,” Mr Quinlan mentioned.
“We additionally knew that lots of the communities in Townsville, like mining communities, have many particular wants round psychological well being points and challenges and a few of these communities have been fairly energetic in attempting to deal with psychological well being points.
“I believe the story that Townsville has as properly, about its restoration from the floods and the best way the neighborhood has banded collectively to help one another performs a task too.”