CHILDREN from Horsham are being reminded to sign up in November to help break a charity world record for the most young people signing and singing at the same time.
Youngsters from the town are invited to register now for the sign2sing event, which is being organised by national Deaf* healthcare charity, SignHealth on February 8, 2012.
Chief executive of SignHealth, Steve Powell said: “Almost 95,000 children took part in our first sign2sing event earlier this year and smashed the previous Guinness World Records™, which was 13,418.
“On February 8, 2012, we are once again inviting schoolchildren to take part in the sign2sing world record attempt for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously.
“More than 80,000 children have already registered, including youngsters from Horsham, but we want to double this and involve more than 160,000 schoolchildren.”
The event is designed to raise awareness of deafness and the work of SignHealth, as well as acting as a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £1 for everyone taking part.
Young people from all over the country and overseas will learn to sign a song, entitled ‘Sign2sing’, which has been composed especially for the event.
The lyrics were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books and the music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.
SignHealth, which provides health-related services for all Deaf people, has produced a DVD to show children how to sign the song, as well as a resource pack for teachers to use within the school curriculum.
Steve added: “Olli the monkey, who loves to sign, features in the training DVD that every registered school will receive to help them to teach their students the song in a fun and engaging way.”
The event is primarily aimed at four to 11-year-olds, however other younger or older children and adults can join in if they wish.
Steve continued: “Schools from Horsham that take part in the event will be joining hundreds of schools all over the country and some in other countries at GMT 2.45pm on February 8 when they attempt to break the world record.
“More than 600 schools have so far signed up but we are hoping more than 1,000 schools will participate in the event.”
Guinness World Records™ recently confirmed that SignHealth broke the world record for the most people singing and signing a song simultaneously in different locations. The current record is now 94,489.
For more information, please call SignHealth on 01494 687600 or visit the website www.sign2sing.org.uk