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Hands Linked Across Golden Gate Bridge

May 24, 1986

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ About 2,800 people, from punk rockers to senior citizens, got a jump on Hands Across America on Saturday, linking up to the tune of ″We Are The World″ across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Music blasted from speakers across the 1.7-mile span as people who pledged at least $10 apiece for the hungry and homeless joined hands and swayed from side to side for about 15 minutes. Many remained on the span for about an hour before leaving for a party at a nearby park.

″While the Hands Across America campaign wound its way to Los Angeles instead of San Francisco, residents here didn’t want to be left out,″ said Larry Wydro, an organizer of the bridge linkup.

″This is just a little kickoff to get the whole campaign started,″ Wydro said. ″This is great. It’s upbeat, high energy and it will get the ball rolling.″

People started lining up at 8 a.m. and 1 1/2 hours later, the link from the San Francisco side to the Marin County side was completed.

″It’s so wonderful to see people of all races and all occupations linking up to help the less fortunate,″ said Judy Farland, a San Francisco secretary. ″It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, just people helping people in its purest form.″

On Sunday, Hands Across America will attempt to cross 16 states and the District of Columbia in an effort to raise $50 million for the nation’s homeless and hungry.

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