Shy of record but still smiling

16:00, Dec 05 2013
Wheelchair record attempt
RECORD ATTEMPT: More than 100 disabled and able-bodied people took to Halsey Wharf to try to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest line of moving wheelchairs.

They may not have broken a world record but wheelchair users are still celebrating.

To mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday, both disabled and able-bodied people took to Halsey Wharf to try to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest line of moving wheelchairs.

Youth disability organisation The Cube and Attitude TV managed to get 113 people to take part, 80 shy of the current record. It was set by 193 participants in an event organised by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation in Los Angeles in 2010.

Orakei youth mentor Matalena O'Mara took to a wheelchair to show her support.

"It was an amazing experience to be a part of. We need to raise awareness because discrimination is still the main challenge people with disabilities face."

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