German team breaks record for tallest tyre tower in fundraiser event in Gera

A German team organised by WE4KIDS charity group has broken the record for the tallest tower of tyres stockpiled in the city of Gera in Thuringia on Saturday. The daring tower composed of 30 tyres stack on top of each other, surpassed the previous record of 6,14 meters (20 ft 1.73 in) by almost a meter measuring a total of 7,05 meters (24ft 7.2 in). The fundraiser event organised by WE4KIDs charity group will collect the earnings of the event and the sum from the auctioned tyres to help fund a customised car for a struggling family with children with special needs. «Every year we pick out a couple of ambitious people [to help out]. This year we have a single mother who has two children diagnosed with a severe case of SMA type one (spinal muscular atrophy) meaning the kids may not live past the age of seven years old. And they lie under a lot of stress and we know to provide them with some comfort because no one knows how old the kids are going to live for. They do need a car to go to the clinics, to go to doctors' appointments and we thought ok, we need to help,» explained Bernd Lehmann a We4kids spokesperson at the event adding they were hoping to raise 25,000 Euros ($28,237) to cover the costs for the special vehicle. At the event, a surprise record was also set up by unveiling the longest Hotline (Red Phone) designed for the children visiting the automobile store to play with while the tyre tower was being assembled.
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