Press Release


Townsville looking set to break a Guinness World Record

Today on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October, the city of Townsville will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most people wearing high-visibility vests at a single venue’.

Attempting this Guinness World Record is a fun way to make mental health more visible, show it in a positive light, and engage the entire Townsville community, who are still recovering from devastating floods in February 2019.

For partners Mental Health Australia, Bunnings Warehouse, the City of Townsville, 3M, Triple M and Mentally Healthy City Townsville, breaking the actual record is seen as a bonus. Creating connection and raising awareness for mental health is one of the best ways to reduce stigma.

However, with over 1800 pre-registrations so far, all involved are feeling confident of breaking the current record of 2,316.

Over 50 local Townsville organisations have volunteered their time and resources to hold the event. There will be plenty of FREE activities for the kids, including the world-famous Bunnings sausage sizzle.

There will be celebrity guest appearances from Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo, John Asiata from the North Queensland Cowboys, and former boxer and NRL player Joe Williams.

All ages are eligible to make the World Record attempt

With over 2500 people expected to attend the event, Mental Health Australia encourages all attendees to start the mental health conversation early and carpool with friends and family wherever possible.

The event will be held at Bunnings Fairfield Waters from 4:00pm.

REGISTER NOW at, and arrive early on the day to receive your FREE attempt pack including high-visibility vest.


Media Contact: Lach Searle – 0488 076 088


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