A CHELSEA aged care home is a flurry of pom-pom making activity as residents and friends attempt to set a new Guinness world record.
They aim to make 7777 pom-poms, string them together into a garland and break the record set by the Australian Country Spinners of Wangaratta.
The record was set in August 2013 when participants laid out 6977 woollen handmade pom-poms, which stretched 178.6 metres (585.9 feet).
“We chose this activity and record to break because pom-pom making is something that all residents can participate in,” Argyle Court residential manager Katy Cavanagh said.
“We wanted a project that would involve residents, staff, families and friends.”
Ms Cavanagh said 7777 had been chosen “for a range of reasons including the view that seven is a lucky number, and residents believe they will need to make pom-poms seven days a week to reach their goal”.
Almost 2000 pom-poms have been made. Assembly for the world record attempt will take place on Friday 13 October and coincide with the home’s participation in the Longbeach Urban Yarn Trail where local community organisations decorate their gardens and buildings in a storybook theme using only yarn.
Argyle Court is looking for anyone who is crafty to assist with making and donating pom-poms to the cause or donating balls of wool. The centre is also holding “crafternoon” sessions where crafty locals are invited to work with residents on a number of art and craft projects, including pom-pom making, while enjoying a cuppa and a chat.
For details, call Argyle Court on 8773 2300.