Angelhands calls on angels to join world record attempt

Ann O’Neill from angelhands with Perth College students wearing angel gear. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483561
Ann O’Neill from angelhands with Perth College students wearing angel gear. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483561

ANGELHANDS in Maylands is encouraging 1500 angels to help break a world record after falling short last year.

The not-for-profit organisation, which provides support for people affected by trauma, is attempting to beat Canada’s world record of having 1275 angels in one location as part of its Awakening the Angels community initiative.

It is calling on people to dress up as angels, with white clothes, a halo and wings, and attend the event on August 18 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event aims to raise awareness about the organisation’s work in trauma recovery and raise funds to support its Trauma Recovery Angel program.

Founder and trauma recovery advocate Dr Ann O’Neill, whose two children were murdered by their father 25 years ago, said the organisation was determined to clinch the title and put WA in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The work angelhands does is so necessary and valuable and society is becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to support people through a traumatic experience so they don’t suffer long-time consequences,” she said.

“On average, through personal or professional experience, 66 per cent of Australians are directly affected by trauma each year.

“However, about a third of West Australians will eventually struggle and require extra professional support services of some type.”

Dr O’Neill said it cost about $10,000 to retain the TRA program.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: angelhands Guinness World Record: Awakening the angels
When: Sunday, August 18, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Tickets cost $10. Book at www.trybooking.com/BCWP

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