278 people came to the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, July 12th to ring singing bowls to honor the Dalai Llamas birthday and help Ten Thousand Villages set the Guinness World Record for most singing bowls simultaneously rung. Some people brought their own bowls, some borrowed from Ten Thousand Villages, others borrowed from friends and some even borrowed from people they had just met!
At the event, my role was to count people as they entered the rotunda with their singing bowl. A few people didn’t have bowls so I told them they could go in and observe the event but they couldn’t be counted towards the record attempt.
As the numbers crept closer to 250 everyone became more hopeful and giddy. I don’t think I’ve seen that many crossed fingers in my lifetime! I really started to feel the excitement of the day when two young men I had sent into the rotunda without bowls returned to me raising found bowls triumphantly in the air shouting, “I got a bowl!”
Of course we couldn’t have done this alone! I would like to thank our conductor, Andrea Cortez and our witnesses Jennifer Nesbit-Holt and Beth Carpenter. Thank you to Mandala Tibetan Shop and Natures Treasures for sponsoring and supporting this event. Thank you also to our volunteers; coordinating that many people to do anything is difficult, let alone navigating the Capitol and following Guinness regulations, but we all worked together to make it happen!
What makes this event more spectacular is that we’ve been able to spread more awareness for fair trade through the reach we’ve gotten. The event was featured on KUT.org, KVUE, and the Austin American Statesman!
Thank you again to everyone who helped make this event such an amazing success, thank you for reading, and thank you for your continued support of Ten Thousand Villages and fair trade!
Watch a video of this fantastic event at tenthousandvillages.com/austin.