Homefields Centre, a home for the mentally challenged, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the three legged race on 31 May at Gateway School.
The record breaking attempt is part of a fundraising drive for the Centre’s new bus. Homefields Centre deputy superintendent Getty Nyatondo explains, “We have set our financial target at $40,000 to cover the cost of the new bus.” She said to get maximum mileage out of the event the Centre has decided to combine the Three Legged Race with the Homefields Festival. The merging of the race and festival has resulted in the event being branded the Homefield’s World Record Breaking Fair.
To break the world record, Homefields needs more than 649 pairs to complete in the 200m race. Nyatondo said, “We have started approaching schools to enter teams.” Lilfordia, St. John’s College, St. John’s Preparatory School and Gateway have already confirmed their participation. “We also need to get companies, clubs, churches and other organisations involved,” she said.
The current holders of the record, The Isle of Man, pulled a crowd of over 7,000 on their day. “We call upon everyone to come and participate so that our crowd will be as big,” said Nyatondo. She also called on volunteers to come on board to assist with different duties. “We still need a lot of resources, so we welcome all form of sponsorship while we invite both corporates and individuals to buy stands to show and sell their products.”
Homefields’ head of the fundraising committee Eric De Jong said, “Pairs will be asked to find sponsorship of just $10 to enter.” He said each racing member will get a personalised World Record Attempt certificate after the event. “If you can’t find sponsors, let me know and I will find one for you. We need you and a friend up and running,” he said.
De Jong went on to make a bold statement, “The Homefields Centre and Friends are going to smash the Guinness World Record for three legged racing to smithereens. Words like ‘try’ and ‘attempt’ and ‘go for’ have been omitted deliberately. We are breaking the world record.”
Located in Mount Hampden, Homefields Centre takes care of the mentally challenged people above the age of 18, coming in from across the country.
If you want to enter a World Record breaking team, book a stall or a stand at the World Record Breaking Fair or sign up as a volunteer or a sponsor, please contact Eric at [email protected] or visit the Centre’s website: www.hfzw.org.