Children Break Guinness Record, Make Longest Red Ribbon
In less than half an hour, more than 7000 children from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India painted the world’s longest red ribbon with their hand prints
More than 7000 children, assembled in the Lucknow’s Cantonment Area, were abuzz with expectation as they were led by their teachers to a gigantic open ground to participate in a historic feat.
A feat of creating the world’s longest ever Red Ribbon. Representatives from Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of records waited excitedy as did the children and their teachers.
A strong message against stigma and discrimination for children and people living with HIV and AIDS on the eve of the World AIDS Orphans Day commemorated today.
As the Army band played patriotic music in the background, the children - young and old, from various schools, orphanages and slums and some of them HIV+ were ready to send out a message to the world. Credit: UNICEF India/2012/Prashanth Vishwanathan — at Lucknow.
In less than half an hour, the children had hand painted in red, a one kilometer white ribbon, and in process created world’s longest Red Ribbon made by the hand prints of children
It was a spirited display by the children’s collective will to stand up together, with the mission of putting forward the message of removing discrimination against HIV affected people in the society.
“While we congratulate all partners who contributed to the success of this monumental feat, I would take this opportunity to mention that children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS need special care, hugs and affection.” said Ms. Adele Khudr, Chief, UNICEF State office for Uttar Pradesh.
Ms. Adele Khudr added that UNICEF is the voice of all children, specially the most marginalized and the vulnerable. She also appealed to the decision makers to focus specially on these disadvantaged children, as they need extra nutrition and special attention
The initiative of bring children was made possible by non-governmental organization, Ummeed in collaboration with UNICEF and UP State AIDS Control Society.
The theme of this world record attempt was “Zero Discrimination”, which is in sync with the global campaign launched last year by UNAIDS and other partners.
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