PERTH people have been invited to become an angel to show support for people living with trauma this World PTSD Day – by taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt tonight.
Organised by Maylands-based angelhands founder Dr Ann O’Neill, the attempt is to break the world record of the largest gathering of angels wearing a white halo and wings.
Held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), the event will be in honour of Dr O’Neill’s children Kyle and Latisha, who were murdered by their father 24 years ago.
Dr O’Neill’s husband shot the children, who were four and six years old at the time.
He then fired the gun at Dr O’Neill, who had her leg amputated due to the injury, before killing himself.
More than two decades on, Dr O’Neill said the pain and suffering was still raw as that tragic day and was why she dedicated her time as a social worker to supporting trauma victims.
Dr O’Neill established non-profit organisation angelhands to provide support for people affected by and suffering from trauma through accident, illness, disaster, terrorism or crime.
Canada holds the current record of 1275 and Dr O’Neill is aiming to get 1500 angels to PCEC from 5.30pm.
People can take part by donating a gold coin – or tickets including a white angelhands T-shirt and halo are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Everyone must wear all white.