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In fundraiser, group aims for yo-yo record

The anti-drug group Kings Park in the kNOw has a vision for a heroin-free future — and it involves thousands of yo-yos.

As a fall fundraiser, the organization wants to get 3,000 people to successfully yo-yo for two minutes at the same time — which would set a Guinness World Record.

President Maureen Rossi said the event would raise money for the nonprofit task force’s initiatives by charging a fee to participate.

The idea is to “make it a family day and get the whole community out,” Rossi said. The group wants to “raise awareness so parents can have that dialog about underage drinking” with their children.

The current record for “largest simultaneous yo-yo” was set by 2,036 participants at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., according to the Guinness website.

Rossi said the group also aims to involve young children — and try to set another record for the largest group sing of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The Guinness record for the biggest mass participation of the song was of 755 people at a festival in Edinburgh, U.K., on Sept. 6, 2009.

Kings Park in the kNOw is seeking volunteers to help put on the event on a field at Kings Park High School.

Contact information is available on the group’s website.

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