Monday, February 18, 2013
Most people sending a text message: Bell Aliant breaks Guinness world record
HALIFAX, Canada -- More than 1,072 people turned out at the Halifax Metro Centre, joined by CTV personality Seamus O'Regan and have set a new world record for the Most people sending a text message simultaneously, in support of mental health on Bell Let's Talk Day,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Bell Aliant customers, partners, employees, families and friends came together and have set a new world record title for the Most people sending a text message simultaneously in support of mental health on Bell Let's Talk Day. (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record for the most people sending a text message (SMS) simultaneously is 677, and was achieved by Pine View High School (USA), in St. George, Utah, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for Highest mobile phone call, set by by Rod Baber (UK) using a Motorola MOTO Z8 on the summit of Mt Everest, Nepal, at 8,848 m (29,029 ft).
9,266,266 calls, texts, tweets and Facebook shares were made across the country. At 5¢ each, Bell is donating a total of $4,813,313.30 to mental health programs.
"The show of support for mental health here yesterday was tremendous," said Dan McKeen, Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions.
"Setting a new WORLD RECORD title is not something you get to take part in every day, and the additional money raised and support provided to Canadians suffering with mental illness made everyone very proud - it was amazing to be a part of it."
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a multi-year, $50-million charitable program based on four action pillars: anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace best practices.
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