Most arm-linked people to stand up simultaneously: world record set in Freehold (VIDEO)
FREEHOLD, NJ, USA -- Sanjana Akula, a senior at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, New Jersey, and her anti-trafficking organization, Rakshana, partnered with Marlboro's Teen Advisory Committee to raise awareness for sex trafficking in the United States; 146 participants from across Monmouth County linked arms, setting the new world record for the Most arm-linked people to stand up simultaneously, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Participants link arms in attempt to break Guinness World record. Photo courtesy Rachel Lin, Colts Neck High School junior (enlarge photo)
The event was inspired by news of a sex trafficking bust called Operation Cross Country XI, a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from October 12-15, 2017, The NJTV News reports.
"When you feel passionately about anything in life, pursue it. It makes you a better person. It gives you a purpose and something to work towards," said Larry Rosen, Deputy Mayor of Marlboro and adult coordinator of the Marlboro Teen Advisory Committee, of Akula's efforts.
"I wanted to see Sanjana reach her goal, although it was harder than I thought. Who knew standing together could be so hard?!" said Cleo Hendrickson, director of volunteering, Jersey Shore Red Cross.