More than a tinge of ginge: get ready for redhead record rampage

GINGERS RULE: Redheads celebrate at a ginger pride event in Melbourne.
GINGERS RULE: Redheads celebrate at a ginger pride event in Melbourne.

Orange is set for a redhead invasion on September 30 following overwhelming support from gingers everywhere to a world record attempt on the number of redheads in one place.

Rachael Brooking, who is organising the event as a fundraiser for research into Huntington’s Disease, said she was amazed by the level of support.

Mrs Brooking is planning a four hour festival of “all things red and orange” at Wade Park.

Her target is to beat the existing Guinness world record of 1672 redheads in one place.

On Tuesday Orange mayor Cr John Davis threw his support behind the fledgling event.

Council has already agreed to share half the cost of hiring Wade Park with Mrs Brooking and would be open to assisting the event where it could.

Cr Davis said redheads had become the flavour of the month.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said.

“I’d urge anyone with a skerrick of red hair, if that’s allowed, to get involved.”

He said he encouraged people with clever ideas for events to have a go.

RED FAMILY: Event organiser Rachael Brooking with her redhead family, Eliza, Finley and Austin. Photo: Supplied

RED FAMILY: Event organiser Rachael Brooking with her redhead family, Eliza, Finley and Austin. Photo: Supplied

“It’s a bit tongue in cheek, but redheads, over the past few years, have become a bit of the flavour of the month.

“I think she’ll find a lot of community groups and businesses will back her up.”

And the mayor said he might even qualify to join the fun.

“If I grow a beard it’s red.

“Can I go in half way?”

Our story on the event on the Central Western Daily Facebook page reached more than 54,000 people on Tuesday with many keen to come to Orange to be part of the ginger spectacle.

And it drew plenty of fun comments including this one from Damien Smith.

“I know where I'd be going if I was a sunscreen salesman,” he said.

And Craig Dolbel asked:  “Is that because they seen us in the monopoly board?”

Mrs Brooking said she had been in touch with McDonalds for its red-headed mascot Ronald McDonald to attend and she had contacted the fire brigade.