H4h-flyer-revisionBy Eva Potter

Have you heard about Headstands for Humanity (H4H)? If you haven’t, it’s a pretty cool fundraising event that is also attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most people doing simultaneous  headstands — yes, headstands!

The group, headed by Mike Paterniti, has sprung to life recently to raise money for local children’s charities and non-profits.

The event takes place at Holiday Valley on Saturday, Nov. 2 and everyone is welcome to attend this free event! Registration the day of the event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Driving Range by the Golf School. The event begins at noon.

Headstands for Humanity invites all individuals, school groups, athletic teams, organizations, clubs, yogies, businesses, etc. to participate.

Can’t do a headstand (like most people)? Not a problem. You can participate standing on your feet, too.

Paterniti said, “We REALLY want to stress participation by all comers of all abilities. In other words, they don’t have to do headstands to be involved.”

The world record is 246 people doing headstands, but the group is aiming for more than 400 headstand participants. Participants will have to hold the headstand position for a minimum of 15 seconds to be counted. So if you plan to participate, start practicing.

“Patty Watson, of Patty’s People Pictures, is organizing an aerial photo People Picture with everyone in attendance. There is no fee, and pictures will be available to purchase through Patty, as well!” stressed Paterniti.

According to Paterniti, there will also be a “heart-shaped group hug (photo) maybe with some headstanders in there somewhere too.” Remember, this is free for anyone who wants to participate.

Proceeds from the headstands and People Picture, as well as action photos throughout the event, will be donated to the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski/Board program at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail and Take a Stand4Heroes through the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Photos will be provided by Ready Image.

Again, there is no fee or minimum donation to take part in the Headstands for Humanity event!

Paterniti explained, “We are (just) asking for a donation from all participants and anyone else who may like to contribute. It is designed to be a pledge drive where individuals and teams can raise pledge dollars in any amount, so no participant has to pay out of their own pocket.”

All donations from the event participants and teams will be accepted the day of the event. The pledge team with the highest team total will receive a prize.

The pledge form and specific Guinness guidelines are available at www.headstandsforhumanity.com. Stay up to date with daily headstand photos on the Headstands for Humanity Facebook page.