From Freddie Hoff in Toronto, Canada
Nine-year-old Rachel Kingstone was the reason why scores of people braved the freezing cold for a world record attempt at the Shops at Don Mills shopping centre in Toronto, Canada on GWR Day last Thursday.
Rachel wrote to us:
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a nine years ¼ old. I have Chorodial Melanoma - a type of eye cancer - which is a life-threatening medical condition.
My family was made aware of my illness when I was five years old, and it was in 2007 that my family made contact with Make-A-Wish Canada. My wish was to have a beautiful butterfly garden in my backyard, and in 2008 my wish came true.
My application to create the world's largest human star for a Guinness World Record is another way that my family, Make-A-Wish and I can reach out to other children and share the hope, strength and joy that is experienced with a wish - like my butterfly garden.
And the city of Toronto responded. Teenagers, kids and parents showed up in order to attempt to help break the record for the largest human star.
In order to set a new benchmark, at least 250 participants wearing the same colour clothing had to stand in a star formation for a minimum of ten minutes.
Just as the required shape was formed it started to snow. However, a few star jumps to keep warm and chorus of 'twinkle, twinkle little star' helped keep the participants spirits up.
When the ten minutes were up 326 people had successfully formed a human star - setting a new Guinness World Records achievement.
Congratulations to Rachael Kingstone, Make-A-Wish Canada and all the participants for a stellar effort.