Hearing Week is held annually in New Zealand, and aims to raise awareness and understanding of hearing loss among the New Zealand public.
The World Health Organization estimates that hearing loss affects approximately 360 million people, or 5.3% of the world’s population. The most recent estimates of hearing loss in New Zealand are around 18.9%.
Hearing Support BOP is a not-for-profit organisation that is passionate about supporting those with hearing loss, and educating our younger people about the importance of protecting their hearing.
In conjunction with Hearing Week, on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 Hearing Support BOP, along with students and teachers from Tauranga Intermediate School, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Chinese Whispers.
Why Chinese Whispers? Because it is a good example of what it is like to be hearing impaired - not completely hearing what is said and piecing words together to make a sentence – and maybe get things a little mixed up.
The current Guinness World Record stands at 1300 people. We intend to break that record and set a new world record.
Students and teachers from Tauranga Intermediate School and a few other local primary schools will participate in a game of Chinese Whispers. Players from Bay of Plenty Steamers and other local identities will also participate in the event.
Participants will form a chain. A sentence, which will be kept in a sealed envelope until the commencement of the event, will be given to the first person in the chain. This sentence is then whispered from person to person until the end of the chain is reached and the last person says it out loud. It will be interesting to see if - and how - the original sentence has changed.
In accordance with the Guinness World Record rules and conditions, the event will be carefully scrutinised and recorded by professionals.
Manager, Hearing Support BOP
Tel. 07 578 6476 or 027 203 1839.