Joburg aims for new self-defense Guinness World Record

2013-12-02 11:09
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Johannesburg - The countdown to a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously participating in a self-defense class has begun.

Joburg aims to bring together 3 000 participants to break the existing world record which stands at 2 212. The initiative is aimed at empowering women to build self-esteem and confidence as part of the 16 days of Activism to combat gender-based violence.

The record attempt event will take place on the lawns of Zoo Lake in Saxonwold, on Saturday 7 December from 10:00 to 12:00. The current record of 2 212 participants was a Krav Maga lesson organized by the South American Krav Maga Federation at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 29 May 2010.

The My Park My City campaign is an initiative of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ,) in partnership with safety and security stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, media partners and various tiers of government.

The campaign is aimed at driving public focus on gender violence, by helping communities take ownership of their neighbourhoods in a fun and healthy project. My Parks My City builds towards safer, fitter and healthier communities, and is set against the backdrop of unacceptable levels of violence against women and children.

The project's aim is to encourage women to nurture healthy lifestyles by using public parks as sites of activism. Apart from leisure facilities, Joburg's parks are designed with well-equipped free-to-use public gyms, predominantly located in areas where access to traditional gyms is limited due to financial constraints.

The high profile event, led by poet and gender activist, Lebo Mashile, and fitness guru, Ronald Abvajee, includes classes in self-defence and a motivational talk. The programme to be hosted at various parks across the City over the 16 days.

The programme is on it's 5th day and will continue to be rolled out in the following parks in the City of Joburg:

- Monday, 2 Dec - Civic Theatre Gardens, Braamfontein
- Tuesday, 3 Dec - Joubert Park, Inner City of Johannesburg
- Wednesday, 4 Dec - Petrus Molefe Park, Dhlamini, Soweto
- Thursday, 5 Dec - Kremetart Park in Eldorado Park
- Friday, 6 Dec- Orange Farm Regional Park
- Saturday, 7 Dec - Zoo Lake, Saxonwold 
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