They are known to break world records and at the same time raise social issues. This time the students of Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM-I) added to their tally by creating a soap mosaic in a bid to make to Guiness Book of World Records once again.
On Friday, a group of 40 students, made attempted to make World's largest soap mosaic in the area of around 1000 square feet with the help of 20,300 soaps.
The present record is held by a society in China which holds the record of largest soap mosaic in an area of 840 square feet The initiative is a part of 'Help a child reach 5' campaign of Hindustan Unilever Limited.
“Since our festival was being held during the time of Children's Day we wanted it to associate our Guinness Record attempt cause with children.
We came across this company which were already running a campaign which shared the message of hygiene and infection free atmosphere in villages so that the children were able to survive till the age of five years.
They have adapted a village and in a way are distributing soaps to children and sharing a message of clean society,” said Manish Kumar, the second year IIM, Indore student who was coordinating this project. “Different colour soaps were used to display the message of 'Help a child reach 5' which was created in between the mosaic with the help of soaps.
The soaps had to be arranged horizontally which was done by 40 students of the institute. With this attempt we want to create awareness on the issue of the health of children below 5 years of age, which is affected by several avoidable diseases,” he added.
The record attempt began at 11:30 am on Friday and went on till 6:30 pm. “The idea was is to share the message that if you just wash your hands you would be able to avoid diseases among children.
It is difficult for students to survive till the age of five in many rural areas of our country and by doing this we wanted to spread this message via this phenomenon,” shared Barleen Kaur, who was one of the students involved in the attempt.
To adjudicate the record attempt, a lawyer and an architect were present on the location while the whole attempt was recorded on camera.
“We had two people who were acting representatives from the Guinness World Records. We will be forwarding the video and related documents to Guinness and expect their reply in a month,” Manish said. After the record attempt the soaps will be distributed to the nearby Thesgora village by an NGO.