Quartet seeks to emulate Gaza kids

Posted: July 22, 2010 by Rex Brynen in not-so-serious

As many blog readers know, today is the day that the kids of UNRWA’s Gaza summer camps attempt to set yet another world record:

20 July 2010
East Jerusalem

For immediate release


On Thursday 22 July, thousand of kids in Gaza will attempt to smash the world record for the number of basketballs bounced simultaneously. This event is part of the “Summer Games” organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) involving some quarter of a million children across the Gaza Strip.

In a video message recorded specially for the world record, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “I want to congratulate the children of Gaza for taking part in this great event. You are showing the world that if you are given the opportunity you can be number one”

Adding his voice of support, UNRWA’s Gaza Director, John Ging said, “I have total confidence that the kids of Gaza will break this world record. With their extraordinary determination and capacity to rise to a challenge, the children here can do anything.”

The current world record for simultaneously bouncing basket balls was set during the Hoosier Basketball Celebration in Indiana in September 2007.  The number of balls bounced was just over three thousand. UNRWA hopes to double that record.

For the past month, bloggers from around the world have been invited to send messages of support and hope to the children of Gaza via www.facebook.com/unrwa

Not content with smashing just one world record, the kids of Gaza will attempt just a week later to break their own world record set during Summer Games last year for the number of kites flown simultaneously. “Two world records in a week is surely another world record in itself”, said Ging, “and I invite children everywhere to go to our blog and send support”.

Inspired by this, the diplomatic Quartet today announced that it will attempt to shatter the world record for the most consecutive Middle East peace processes without a breakthrough. According a press release by the Quartet’s representative in the Middle East, Tony Blair, more than six thousand sets of simultaneous negotiations will be set up, in an attempt to prolong the MEPP through until the end of 2025. He added, ““I have total confidence that the international community will break this world record. With their extraordinary determination and capacity to avoid the challenge, mediators here can do anything, endlessly.”

Update: The UN News Centre is reporting that some 7,203 balls were dribbled in Gaza—but that it will take a few days for official confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records.

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