Big picnic attempt here for a Guinness Book record

Head and brain injury awareness advocates want to set a world record in Parksville

Local head and brain injury awareness advocates invite the community to help them attempt a world record picnic event at the end of the month.

“Bring your picnic and non-alcohol drinks, a blanket or chair and help us get into the Guinness Book of Records,” said author and speaker Jessica Taylor who is hosting the event in Parksville’s Community Park.

She points out the event is not a fundraiser, it’s just about awareness and attempting to break the record for the most picnickers at multi-locations on one day.

There will be local musicians playing to entertain you while you eat.

Taylor, who calls herself “a survivor, not a victim,” has been speaking out for years to bring awareness to what she calls a silent epidemic affecting millions around the world, including many suffering quietly without help and many who end up living on the streets or in prison.

She said 14,000 people a year sustain a head injury in B.C.

“Their inner world is one of complete turmoil, a place where emotions and feelings have no source, no rhyme or meaning,” she said in a news release.

“People abandon you because they have no understanding of what they are witnessing and people become cut off from the world, isolated and often abandon to the whims of fate.”

To help with that isolation organizers are calling on every brain injury related association, foundation, charity, non-profit and individual around the world to come out to raise awareness.

If the record attempt is successful all registered participants will be able to download a Guinness participation certificate.

The event is June 30 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Parksville Community Park picnic shelter.

For more information check www.biglobalpicnic.org or call Jessica at 250-951-3368. Check www.jessicaetaylor.org for more on her story.