One schoolgirl didn’t buckle under pressure and set a new world record for the fastest origami ever, by making 1,000 paper cranes.
15-year-old Evelyne Chia spent nine hours and 31 minutes creating the little paper birds, breaking the previous record of 12 hours.
He spent six months training for the record attempt which also raised over £ 2,300 ($ 3,189) for NHS Charities Together.
Origami is traditionally associated with Japanese culture, and folding 1000 cranes is supposed to bring good fortune.
But even savvy origamists often don’t achieve the impressive milestone in one sitting.
Evelyne has just finished her GCSE at Colchester County High School for Girls in Colchester in Essex.
He started folding the little paper birds at 9 a.m. Tuesday and folded his 1000th crane at 6.31 p.m.
She said: “I wanted to do a fundraiser as I have a long summer now as I just finished my GCSEs.
“I wanted to do something that would get people’s attention, so I thought, what better way than trying to set a Guinness World Record at the same time?
“I applied to do this in January and they told me that I had to exceed a time of 12 hours.
“In ancient Japanese culture, there is a legend that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes you can make a wish to the gods and it will come true.
“When I completed the challenge, I asked for the desire to raise enough money to make a difference for healthcare workers, and I feel like I have.”
Evelyne was taught by her mother Ivy how to make origami when she was just six years old.
She said: “It has been a hobby of mine for a long time. I like to make small animals, like rabbits or cats. Sometimes I make them as gifts for my friends. “
But despite his skill in the art of paper folding, he said he was “amazed” at how quickly he was able to fold 1,000 paper cranes.
She explained, “I’ve had practice sessions for the past six months where I take an hour’s time and see how many I can double in that time.
“At first it took me about two minutes to fold a crane, but then I started to get faster and faster and finally my average speed was about 30 seconds for each one.”
The determined teenager didn’t take a single break during the nine and a half hours to eat, drink or even go to the bathroom.
She said: “After a while I went into autopilot, and I was doing it from muscle memory.
“It helped that there were people around me on the day of the attempt to act as witnesses to the file.
“There were people wandering around and coming up to talk to me, so I could distract myself by talking to them, and I wasn’t just working in silence.
“So much happened around me that it helped push me to work faster.
“For the last hour, I was on a Zoom call with a member of the British Origami Association, and she was talking to me about the importance of origami and paper cranes.
“That really helped carry me through.”
Evelyne is now waiting to hear from Guinness World Records that she has become an official record holder.
As for what’s next? She explained with a smile, “I think I’ll give myself a little break from origami for a while.”
To donate to Evelyne’s fundraising page, visit her Just Giving Page.
(LOOK Evelyn broke a record in the video below.)
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