Hospital Foundation ups their target for Guiness World Book of Records; original target was passed by another organization.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 20, 2016



The original target was 2166 to beat the previous record holder.  The Hospital Foundation went for 3,500 people, which they figured they would need to get their name into the Guinness World Book of Records.  Then Queen’s University came up with a plan of their own and set a new record of 3,373.

The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation found they had to up their number to 3374  from the original target if they were to make it into the Guinness Book. To be on the safe side the Foundation is aiming for 4000.

The J - Guiness Book of Records

The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation plans to put 4,000 people into that orange J that starts at the pier and works its way west along the edge of Spencer Smith Park.

The record for this category in the Guinness Book of Records when the Hospital Foundation announced their plans was held by Dell Computers, who formed the slanted E in their logo with 2,166 people. “We required 2,167 people to break that record” said the Foundation in one of its initial releases.

For the safety of all participants, the first 4,000 people to register at Spencer Smith Park will be permitted to be a part of the Guinness World Records Official Attempt.

Getting that number into a single place for the ultimate photo op shouldn’t be a problem for this city . Gosh we put 12,000 into Spencer Smith Park for the Tragically Hip concert this summer and the Art Gallery of Burlington attracted 3,000 (some say the number was more than 3,500) to the fourth annual No Vacancy event.

“Join 4,000 of your closest friends and neighbours and set a Guinness World Records title” (GWR) bugled the Hospital Foundation.

Smiles on the job, brings a sophisticated approch to her fund raising work - Saturday night the announcements get made - how much has been raised to dat?

Anissa Hilborn, president of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, finds herself continually changing her target number to get into the Guinness Book of World records. What started out as 2166 has risen to 4000 people gathered together in Spencer Smith Park.

“We’re trying to set the Guinness World Records title for the largest human letter, in the shape of the letter “J” — for Joseph Brant Hospital — to show support for the expansion and renovation project” said Anissa Hilborn, president of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

The current record is held by Queen’s University, which formed a ‘Q’ with 3,373 people earlier this month, on September 6th. Burlington decided to up their target to 4000.  And that is where they are going to have to top out they can only accommodate 4000 in the formation for safety reasons.

This all happens Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT) at Spencer Smith Park. There will be all kinds of sign showing you where to go.

This event is free; participants DO NOT need a ticket.  They need to register to ensure we capture their name as a participant in the world record attempt.

The Foundation decided they would not be scanning tickets, so it is a ticket-less event.

When you arrive at the park you will be able to join the formation in any area.  There will NOT be assigned sections, people will be asked to enter the formation upon arrival, and will remain there until the record attempt is complete and verified by the Guinness World Records judge on site.

Water and snacks will be provided, and there will be live entertainment throughout the day including a DJ and emcee on stage to keep participants informed. There will also be food trucks and once the record is broken. All participants will get an official Guinness World Records Title Holder keepsake.


An aerial perspective of the renovation/rebuild of the Joseph Brant Hospital scheduled to open in 2018

Can Burlington do it – BEFORE someone sets an even higher record?




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