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Children invited to wear a scarf like Olli for sign2sing
Wednesday 16th January, 2013

WIGAN schoolchildren taking part in a charity world record breaker next month (February, 2013) are being asked to raise money by wearing a scarf like Olli the monkey.

SignHealth, which is organising the sign2sing event, is inviting participants to wear a scarf like the children’s book character in return for a suggested £1 donation on Wednesday, February 6.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at the national deaf healthcare charity SignHealth, explained: “sign2sing is our world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time and takes place on February 6.

“We are asking everyone taking part to wear a scarf like our mascot Olli the monkey, who is rarely seen without his bright blue scarf, to school on the day of sign2sing and take in their £1 donation.

“Teachers and parents are welcome to join in too. The money raised from the event will be used to continue our work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children.”

Children who haven’t registered to take part in the world record attempt can still join in with the fundraiser by wearing a scarf and donating £1 each. The closing date for registrations is Wednesday, January 23. Donations can be made after the event by contacting SignHealth on 01494 687600.

The project is in its third year and the current world record is 114,277. So far more than 950 schools, including Winstanley Community Primary School on Tanhouse Drive in Winstanley, have signed up to join in with the event. SignHealth is hoping to smash its previous two records and involve more than 175,000 youngsters.

Teachers and pupils who sign up for sign2sing will have access to digital resources developed by SignHealth in partnership with leading cause-related entertainment provider, Digital Giving.

As well as joining in with the event on February 6, Olli features in the online digital resources and in an interactive lesson called ‘Monkey Manor’, which can be accessed via www.sign2sing.org.uk.

Although Monkey Manor is fun and entertainment-led, schoolchildren will be steered to access important communication messages, tips and information as part of the experience.

The digital resources are available to all schools that register for sign2sing and include a free whiteboard app.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at GMT 2.45pm young people from all over the country and overseas will attempt to break the world record by signing and singing ‘sign2sing’. The event is primarily aimed at four to 11-year-olds, however other younger and older children and adults can join in if they wish.

Schools wishing to take part are invited to register their interest via www.sign2sing.org.uk. The closing date for registrations is Wednesday, January 23.

For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600. Alternatively, sign2sing is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sign2sing.

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