Dymocks Children Charities have attempted to break a Guinness World Record by holding a reading relay in Sydney’s CBD.
The Dymocks bookstore on George Street was headquarters to the world record attempt on Thursday, with over five hundred participants gathering together to read one sentence each of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel Divergent. This was in a bid to break the current record of the most people participating in a reading relay at a single venue.
Unfortunately the number to beat was 2012, achieved in March of 2012 by Germany who still hold the record. Yet the attempt has not been without its own triumphs.
“It’s for a good cause,” said fundraising manager, Nicole Dunn. “Our aim is to give children a love of reading… I think we did our job.”
Four schools out of the seven, supported by the charity’s literacy support program, participated in the attempt, with one group travelling down from the Central Coast.. Children were greeted by the charity’s mascot, a duck, and were “filled with wonder” at seeing a bookstore on such a grand scale, possibly for the first time. “Most had never dreamed there was a bookstore like it,” Ms Dunn commented.
The charity, founded in 2001, created a literacy program aiming to help children develop a love of books and reading everyday for pleasure. The Book Bank project provides school students from years 3 to 6 with a book every term, chosen personally by each child from the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge list. The Book Bank supports more than 1700 students each year.
For more information and to donate, please visit the Dymocks Children Charities website.
– Gimena Gimenez
Photo by Naomi Winner