Keri Zingle, who
creates and sells
kits, gets product-testing help from
Tate and Oscar.
WHAT STARTED OUT as curiosity, and a desire to help children,
developed into the world’s largest
adhesive-tape ball, according to
Guinness World Records, with a
7.23-metre (23-foot, 9-inch) circumference and a weight of 844.59
kg ( 1,862 pounds).
The former project marketing engineer for a high-tech company puts her
THREE YEARS AGO Keri Zingle’s
daughter needed help making valentines. Frustrated at her lack of supplies
and time, the long-time Vancouver
Costco member started Craft Caravan
( www.craftcaravan.com) out of her
home to provide fun, educational crafts
for kids ages 2 to 8.
Created by Costco member
Tim Funk and his son, Ryan, and
measured in the city of Langley,
British Columbia, on June 18, 2006,
the ball (see photo below) is made
entirely of used hockey tape that
the pair collected from various ice-hockey teams across the country
over a period of two years. “The
purpose of the event was to raise
money for Third World orphans,”
says Funk. “We ended up raising
around $225,000 that was sent
to Compassion Canada to build
houses for orphans in Africa.”
—T. Foster Jones
For about $10 a month, members
receive a reusable shiny green envelope
filled with a craft project, including all of
the supplies (except glue), step-by-step
instructions with a picture of the result
and a kid-friendly fact sheet about the
Cycling for kids
The team, left to right: Karl
Rosedale, 40; Roy Jones, 48;
Michael Cox, 57; Rik Waddon
COURTESY OF ROY JONES
(British Paralympics silver
medallist); Gary Ward, 47.
located near Liverpool. Jones first visited
Claire House in 2003 and had a hard time
leaving. The team chose to ride across the
U.S. because they wanted a challenge worthy of their £100,000 (about $150,000) goal.
Waddon is supporting the
team but won’t make the trip.
“The recession has hit non-profits just
as hard as all other businesses,” Jones says.
California, to St. Augustine, Florida
( www.usacoast2coast.com). It’s a
distance of roughly 5,000 kilometres
“Claire House needs £ 2. 5 million [about $3.7
million] to open its doors each year, and after
you see how they work with families, you
want to see it stay open.”—Will Fifield
A TEAM OF FIVE men from Northern England
are taking extraordinary measures to endure a
pain-filled month of cycling in an effort to raise
funds for a hospice-care facility.
( 3,152 miles). The journey began
on August 30 and will end on September 30,
requiring the team to cover about 161 kilometres (100 miles) a day.
See yourself in print!
He says memories of a visit to Claire
Team captain Roy Jones, 48, founder of the
bicycle company Chitech ( www.chitecheurope
House ( www.claire-house.org.uk) are all the
inspiration he needs to see it through. Claire
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