2013-09-20 / Community

Hands Across The Sand

With the goal of getting “the entire peninsula community together for an event at the shoreline,” Rockaway!! One Big Family!! led by Belle Harbor’s Lily Corcoran, is organizing an event to form a human chain along the beach and set a Guinness World Record.

The event will start at twilight on Sunday, October 27th, two days prior to the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Due to ongoing sand replenishment work by the Army Corp of Engineers, the starting location will be posted closer to the event date.

The purpose of the event, Corcoran said, is “to honor mother nature by saying we know you are there, we respect the power of your oceans but we are still here and it has made us stronger!! We are one big family!!”

“At a specific time hundreds of water lanterns will be let go into the ocean,” she continued, “then the entire line will hold hands for a brief moment.”

“We will see,” she said, “if we can get a record for the longest human line holding hands” for the Guinness Book of World Records, Corcoran added. “The Guinness Book...has accepted our quest!”

She notes the lanterns are “ecofriendly and biodegradable. They will go on sale closer to the date for $5 each and three for a family for $10.”

Any monies raised beyond the cost of the lanterns and of t-shirts, which will be sold will according to Corcoran, “go to a needy family(s) during the Christmas holidays.”

For more information or to volunteer to coordinate contact hardshoe2@aol.com with the subject line “October 27th” and check the Rockaway! One Big Family!! Facebook page. People may also go to the Facebook page to join the event.

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