The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) held its sixth and final ‘Strut the Streets’ parade on Friday December 5.
Over 550 swimwear-clad Sydney-siders took to Martin place in an attempt to break a Guinness world record and raise funds for the organisation.
AIME connects young Indigenous Australians with mentors to help them through high school, into University and then the workforce.
Unfortunately the parade fell just shy of the 603 person record previously set in South Africa, but an AIME spokesperson told City Hub that the parade has never been about records.
“It’s always been just a bit of fun to end the year and celebrate and help fund the hard work that everyone has done,” the spokesperson said.
CEO of AIME Jack Manning-Bancroft said this year had been the best yet.
“This year we connected 3,500 Indigenous kids with 1,500 volunteer university student mentors, and we have the platform to reach 10,000 Indigenous kids across Australia each year by 2018. There is still a way to go, but the tide is well and truly turning.”
Over $55,000 was raised on the day.