Chasing Guinness: The Journey of Two Friends, Toy Cars, a hidden purpose, and a World Record Dream

By Sandra Zablotna - Tuesday 30 April 2024

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Two American Women Embark on Record-Breaking Toy Car Journey for Charity.

In an attempt to set a Guinness World Record and raise money for charity, two American women took on a unique challenge: driving 800km down the coast of Florida in battery-powered toy cars, typically designed for short rides. While the idea might sound crazy for most, their journey had a serious purpose and faced significant hurdles along the way.

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How It All Began

Cassie Aran and Lauren Lee, lifelong friends from New Jersey, came up with the concept while reminiscing about their childhoods. They recalled driving around in toy cars as kids and decided to honour those memories by attempting a Guinness World Record for the "Longest Distance by Toy Car." To make their endeavour more meaningful, they combined it with a fundraising effort for various animal charities.

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Driving for a Cause

The two women aimed to raise $10,000 ($AU15,092) for animal-related charities, with beneficiaries including the Best Friends Animal Society, the Red Panda Network in Nepal, and the Save a Fox Rescue in Minnesota, among others. Cassie Aran, who owns a clothing company called "The Ear Socks", contributed 10% of her sales toward the cause, using their journey to promote the fundraising effort on social media.

Cassie and Lauren documented their journey across platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, encouraging their followers to donate in exchange for shoutouts and other incentives. With over a million followers across their accounts, they raised more than $600 ($AU917) in the first 24 hours of their trip and by the time they had to stop due to legal reasons, they had collected $6483 (AU$9782).For more information click here to visit their website!

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