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St Mary's Secondary School, Ballina sets 'Rock the Boat' World Record for Charity

St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina, looks set to win its second official Guinness World Record – after almost 1,600 people “Rocked the Boat” together on Tuesday, May 1.

Hundreds took to the grounds of this famed all-girls secondary school to perform the well-known ‘Rock the Boat’ dance routine – surpassing the 1428-strong record previously set.

The dance event saw young and not-so-young sitting in rows and swaying to the Hues Corporation classic in a row-the-boat motion - for over five minutes!

The Snap, Craicle and Rock 2012 event, was the school’s contribution to the annual fundraising campaign, Kellogg’s “Fun Raise 4 Kids”, which helps raise money for sick children and teenagers in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

Event coordinator, Annette Leonard, said: “We are delighted that so many people got involved on the day and helped us not only break a record but also, raise vital funds for such a worthy cause.”

School Principal Mrs Sweeney thanked all those who supported the event.

“St. Mary’s has a long tradition of fundraising as part of the Fun Raise 4 Kids, and previously, Jump for Joy. We are proud to be the previous winners of the Tom Collins Memorial Trophy on many occasions, for overall national fundraising efforts.

"Every year, the events organised by the Transition Year students and spearheaded by Annette Leonard are innovative, fun and create a real focal point for the students. The Fun Raise 4 Kids is now one of the highlights of the school year,” she said.

Mrs Sweeney formally thanked this year’s organisers Annette Leonard, Ciaran Allen and their supporting team. She also extended her gratitude to all those who supported the event, particularly all the local national and secondary schools, the Parents Council and the entire local community for making the event such a success.

While the record attempt is yet to be formally ratified by the Guinness World Records, the school is ‘confident’ it has surpassed the existing record for a Rock the Boat dance formation set in Armagh in last September.

If successful, this will be the second official Guinness World Record set by the school. In 2008, it was awarded its first world record for the most participants to take part in a high-heel race.