Canadians Breaks World Record for Most Simultaneous High Fives

The record previously stood at 4,696.

ByNICOLE PELLETIERE
June 01, 2015, 3:17 PM
PHOTO: People simultaneously doing high-fives during the half-time of the Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Federal Minister of Sport, high-fives with Mike Wallace, MP Burlington, during the UNICEF Canada's attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people simultaneously doing high-fives during the half-time of the Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
UNICEF Canada/Hamilton/2015/Peter Power

— -- More than 7,000 fans high-fived their way into the Guinness Book of World Records during halftime at a pre-World Cup friendly match between the Canadian women’s national soccer team and England in Ontario.

The simultaneous hand slapping Friday night was led by UNICEF Canada, kicking off the organization's #HighFiveIt campaign that will run throughout June as the Canadian Women's team competes in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada.

"The most people performing a high-five simultaneously is 7,238 and was achieved by Canadian UNICEF Committee at Tim Hortons Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on 29 May 2015," a Guinness World Records representative confirmed to ABC News. "The attempt took place during an international exhibition game for the 2015 Women's World Cup taking place in Canada."

PHOTO: UNICEF Canada team members high-five amongst themselves and with fans arriving for the Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
UNICEF Canada team members high-five amongst themselves and with fans arriving for the Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
UNICEF Canada/Hamilton/2015/Peter Power

The #HighFiveIt movement is meant to help save kids' lives by making a $5 donation to UNICEF and sharing a high-five photo or video on social media.

UNICEF said a $5 donation can provide clean drinking water to five children for one year.

PHOTO: Carmelina Moscato high fives with fans after Team Canada's win over England in a Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
Carmelina Moscato high fives with fans after Team Canada's win over England in a Women's World Cup Soccer friendly match between Canada and England at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, Ontario, May 29, 2015.
UNICEF Canada/Hamilton/2015/Peter Power

"It's phenomenal to see Canadians come together to break this record -- our national pride is so palpable at an event like this," said Sharon Avery, UNICEF Canada Chief Development Officer in a news release. "Watching thousands of people high-five to save lives underscores the commitment of Canadians to the world's most vulnerable children."

The record for most high-fives previously stood at 4,696 people and was set by The Kroger Company in the U.S. on April 16, 2013.

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