Hi-vis show of support in Wagga falls short of a record but succeeds at raising mental health awareness

The gathering of 1,242 people who turned out in Wagga yesterday to support the World Mental Health Day hi-vis record attempt fell short of the world record but successfully brought the community together in an impressive show of support for people affected by mental health issues.

The event – an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing high-vis in one location at Bunnings, Wagga – drew an impressive crowd and proved successful in raising mental health awareness throughout the Riverina region. The attempt drew Wagga Wagga’s young and old; men; women; tradies; defence personnel; mental health charities; yoga enthusiasts and even some local puppies; all in hi-vis to support the cause!

The event was also attended by the Mayor Mr Greg Conkey.

The Healthy Tradie Project‘s Pip and Richard lead the fluorescent crowd in a yoga session, while volunteers of local mental health charity, Riverina Bluebell, satisfied appetites with a hot BBQ breakfast. There were also free kids’ activities, chalk art, barista coffee, and music provided by the Triple M Riverina breakfast crew.

The crowd of 1,242 people in hi-vis fell short of the existing Guinness World Record of 2136 people, held by the City of Kitakyushu in Japan.

Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said the event had succeeded in raising community awareness and showed that support for people affected by mental illness is stronger than ever.

Organisers had the participants stand on one leg for an official photo and chance at creating a new record. While a youngster in the crowd suggested a hi-vis conga line should be attempted.

The event was hosted by Mental Health Australia and Bunnings Warehouse and supported by over 70 local businesses and organisations who helped spread the word and sent staff along on Wednesday morning.

Mental Health Australia would like to thank all the people who attended and all those who helped make the event a success.

We would also like to thank the following supporting organisations:

3M Safety
Active Farmers
Active Print Wagga
Advance Towing Wagga
AFL Riverina
AP Tennis
Australian Red Cross Murray-Riverina
Basketball Wagga Wagga
Bunnings Warehouse Wagga
Busabout – Community bus service
Cackleberries by Lashbrook Farm
Centacare South West
Charles Sturt University
Coates Hire Wagga
Coca Cola Amatil Wagga
Coles Wagga Wagga
Country Women’s Assoc (CWA) – Riverina region
Country Women’s Assoc (CWA) – Wagga branch
Defence Community Organisation
Exclusive Home Maintenance
Football Wagga Wagga
Guinness World Records
Headspace Wagga Wagga
Hey Reflect’o
Hope Assistance Local Tradies
Kapooka Army Base
Katrina Riley Curtains and blinds
King Events
McDonalds Wagga
Mission Australia
Mission Australia Wagga Wagga
Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
NSW Young Farmers Branch
Nurses Association
One Door Mental Health
Partners In Recovery
Playgroup Association of NSW
RAAF Base Wagga
Riverina Bluebell Mental Health
Riverina PHN
Riverina Tennis
Rotary Club of Wagga
School of Arts Wagga
Selby Watson & Co
Signarama Wagga
Soldier On
South Wagga Warriors Football Club
St John Ambulance Wagga
Tafe NSW Wagga Wagga
The Tradie Project
Triple M Riverina
Turvey tavern try hards
Wagg Ambulance
Wagga Brothers Rugby League
Wagga City Library
Wagga Community Health Centre
Wagga Cricket Association
Wagga Mens Shed
Wagga Police Youth Club
Wagga Railway Museum
Wagga Rapid Relief Team
Wagga RSL Club
Wagga Wagga City Council
Wagga Wagga City Council
Wagga Wagga Firebrigade
Wagga Wagga South Wagga Lions Club
Wagga Wagga Swimming Club
Wagga Women’s Health Centre
Wagga YMCA
Wellways Wagga