Angelhands attempting to break world record in recognition of those affected by trauma

Ann O''Neill from Anglehands with some year ones from Perth College wearing angel gear. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Ann O''Neill from Anglehands with some year ones from Perth College wearing angel gear. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

DR Ann O’Neill’s son Kyle would have turned 30 tomorrow but he and his sister Latisha were murdered by their father 24 years ago.

To honour her two children Dr O’Neill, through her not-for-profit organisation angelhands that provides support for people affected by trauma, is raising awareness for World PTSD Day recognising anyone who has suffered trauma through accident, illness, disaster, terrorism or crime by attempting to break a world record for the largest gathering of angels.

Canada holds the current record of 1275 and angelhands is aiming to get 1500 angels to the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, June 27 from 5.30pm.

Dr O’Neil said the event was about getting the Perth community together to raise awareness and money.

“We’re trying to get groups of people from places like refuges, schools and hospitals where people are dealing with trauma,” she said.

“It’s all about raising awareness about the things that sit behind trauma and how people recover and respond after it’s happened.”

Perth College students will be among the angels wearing white to help break the record after Year 11 student Amy Porter connected with Dr O’Neill at the beginning of the year.

WHAT: The Largest Gathering of Angels World Record Attempt

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27 from 5.30

WHERE: Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

TICKETS: $20 for adults and $10 children, includes angelhands t-shirt and halo

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