The fun begins at noon in Spencer Smith Park in downtown Burlington this Sunday, as we try to form a human “J.” You will get an orange poncho to wear (Guinness rules require all participants to wear the same thing), and an orange “Join the J” bracelet. When we are successful, participants will get a black “Guinness World Records holder” bracelet, and everyone’s names will be posted on a mural in the hospital.
This free event is family friendly – even infants count toward our numbers (but unfortunately not pets). We’ll have some superheros on hand – Batman, Spiderman and Superman – entertainment, light refreshments during the event, and food trucks which open after we break the record.
The goal of the event is to show that great things can happen when we come together as a community.
The redevelopment of our hospital – scheduled to open within a year – is just one example. This project wouldn’t have gotten shovel in the ground without significant community support. Sunday’s event is not a fundraiser. It aims to raise community awareness of the great things happening at our community hospital as we head into the final phase of the redevelopment project.
We’re aiming to beat the previous record set in September by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. of 3,373 people forming a “Q”. As a Carleton University grad, I challenge all students from any university, including Queen’s students from Burlington, to show our civic pride and become the new world record holder!
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:
High school students can earn two hours of community service for participating in the event.
SHUTTLES & PARKING:
Shuttle buses will be operating to help alleviate parking congestion from:
- Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School – 5150 Upper Middle Road (Upper Middle and Appleby Line – Buses leave at 11:30 am.
- Burlington Mall – 777 Guelph Line (Guelph Line and Fairview Street) – Buses leave from the former TARGET parking lot, light pole #1 at 11:30 am, 11:45 am and 12 pm
Parking will also be free at the hospital garage attached to the Halton McMaster Family Medical Centre from 11-4. Lakeshore Road is closed, but volunteers will direct traffic to the garage from the Northshore entrance, beside the Brant Centre.
Parking downtown is free onstreet and in city lots on Sundays (except for the Discovery Landing lot) first come, first served.
There will be one single entrance located in the centre of Spencer Smith Park (opposite Burlington Ave). This gate will open at 12 noon.
You can register at this gate in advance, but registration doesn’t guarantee participation; the first 4,000 to arrive will be admitted to the park.
To register your attendance at the event and find out more details visit: JointheJ.ca