Sunday, 10 July 2011

Brummie strongman Dave sets Guinness record at Harborne school

Birmingham strong man Big Dave Gauder, winner of the title of Britain's Strongest Man in 2009 and well known anti-bullying campaigner, thrilled visitors at the summer fayre of a Harborne primary school on Saturday (9th July 2011) by pulling three emergency service vehicles at the same time.

Children applauded wildly as Big Dave strained and heaved to move the three large vehicles, which included a police van, an ambulance and a fire engine across the school playground of Our Lady of Fatima school. His feat set a new Guinness World Record which will be added to his amazing list of uncontested strength records, including being the only person to have ever pulled Concorde.  

Big Dave Gauder has been working with schools in the Harborne area recently, giving talks to school children aimed at empowering them to combat bullying and anti-social behaviour. He is well known for his inspirational work in some of Britain's most deprived areas, tackling issues such as knife, gun and gang culture with his down-to-earth and motivational approach.

Dave said "A lot of the children and young people I work with are surprised when I tell them that I was bullied myself when I was younger. I started doing anti-bullying presentations when by pure chance a police officer found out about this at one of my strength events. He asked me to do an anti-bullying presentation and I found that I had a gift for connecting with kids of all ages about this message. Resisting bullying is all about strength of mind, an ‘inner strength’. It's about giving people of any age confidence so they don’t get pushed around. Events like today are a great opportunity to provide entertainment whilst also raising awareness on these serious issues".

Peter Millington, an OLF school parent and treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association, the organisers of the summer fayre said:

"Today's event was a huge success and Big Dave helped us to draw in a good crowd, all excited to witness this unique feat of strength. To watch one man pull three large blue-light vehicles across the junior school playground is a sight that few of us will forget in a long while. As soon as Dave had finished he was mobbed by the kids for autographs and photos, he is a really top bloke!"

"The PTA wish to thank Big Dave and also the local emergency services for coming along to the Summer Fayre for the afternoon. As well as the police and fire service it was great to have a children's ambulance called Pandalance from Kings Norton, a unique service which supports ill and injured children who might otherwise be anxious about travelling to hospital in an ambulance. All of this was organised by one of our dedicated parents and PTA members, Becky Cusworth who supported Big Dave with all the arrangements".

Big Dave's future plan is to carry out a 5-5-5 charity fundraising feat which would involve pulling an incredible five aeroplanes in five different airports over a five day period. In the meantime he continues to raise awareness about bullying and anti-social behaviour through his website at:

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