The headline reads “4891 SMURF FANS SET A NEW GUINESS WORLD RECORD TITLE FOR THE GATHERING OF PEOPLE DRESSED AS SMURFS WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD IN MULTIPLE VENUES ON GLOBAL SMURF DAY” … Quite a sentence, but considering the planning, cooperation and effort that went into Saturdays, Global Smurf Day, You couldn’t expect any less.
South Africa proudly contributed 232 of those Smurfs to the final number at Fourways High School. Jacques and I arrived with 15 minutes to spare. We we’re the last two, to be thrown into baggy blue and whites, sprayed blue, given a hat and began interviews and photographs while our newly acquired blue flesh still dried.
SA counted their Smurfs and sent the numbers over to London for them to add to the equation. 94.7 Highveld Stereo supported the Smurfy gathering announcing interesting facts like our youngest Smurf being 2 and a half, while our oldest Smurf was 70, and we were each given a certificate of participation.
This is not the first time we’ve been painted blue, for media purposes. You might remember us doing Heat Magazine’s Iconic Moments where we were carefully crafter into Avatars. That took 4 hours, this however, 4 minutes. Among us were familiar faces Jason Greer, Rikki Breast and Sade. We cut a Smurfy cake, Gave each other Smurfy names – Jacques and Mine being, Mr and Mrs Smurf and simply enjoyed 2 or 3 hours of innocent, light hearted fun!
Big Blue hug to Jared Orlin for extended the invite our way, we really enjoyed the evening.