Bringing the Folds of the Community Together
This voluntary project aims to encourage social inclusion through the shared goal of achieving a Guinness World Record display of 60,000 origami hearts. The aim is to exhibit and finalise the record attempt on 24th November.
The project is being led by the Sport Studies Society of Greenwich and Kent Student’s Union at Medway. The heart reflects the group’s health and sport research interests. The relationship between social inclusion, creative participation, and physical health is well-documented. As a symbol of life and love, creating a heart for the display will be a recognition of those in our community we may ordinarily not notice.
Individual and organisational levels benefits:
- Shared goal
- Social inclusion
- Health awareness and promotion
- Charity fundraising
For the origami, square paper will be distributed by volunteers to the organisations. They must comply with Guinness’s instruction of commercially available origami paper, and as a charity project must be careful to limit wastage. The heart instructions are here: http://www.origami-instructions.com/easy-origami-heart.html.
The folded hearts will be collected from groups in boxes by 16th November, then affixed to recycled cardboard backing tiles at the Students’ Hub, which will be stored until the exhibition. For the official display for the purposes of the record adjudication the tiles will be laid where the display will be visible from two balconies or at ground level. It is anticipated that the final display may be put on show across venues in Medway, or the tiles could be distributed for exhibition across multiple venues.
They are appealing to local community groups across Medway to be involved in making the hearts. Also, workshops are planned when community groups and students will meet at the Student’s Hub to make the display. They will be collecting donations for two charities (Molly MacLaren Foundation and Cardiac Risk in the Young) during the workshops at the Student’s Hub and during the Record Breaking Exhibition.