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  • This guy is gonna fly from Robben Island to Blouberg…using only 200 helium balloons
    Posted by on Mar 8th, 2013

    How awesome is this. In less than a month Matt Silver-Vallance is gonna try raise R10 million to help build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital by attempting to fly from Robben Island to Blouberg…using only 200 helium balloons.

    Sometime in April, Matt will rise from Robben Island strapped to a bunch of helium balloons and ascend to 600 meters above sea level, before drifting over the ocean to Blouberg at the mercy of Cape Town’s wind. His aim –  to raise R10,000,000 via global donations with all funds being donated to support the fundraising for the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

    balloon run

    How cool is that hey.

    I reckon we should all get behind this.  Check it.

    I wanna do that.

    “The purpose behind this daredevil stunt is to raise R10 million for the building of a Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital – a cause close to Matt’s heart and a passion born out of his experience as a volunteer paramedic in South Africa on the Western Cape Ambulance Service in 1999/2000.

    Sibongiseni Mkhize, Chief Executive Officer at Robben Island Museum, is optimistic about the success of the initiative. “I think it’s a very ambitious project but I think it’s achievable,” he comments. “The history of Robben Island has shown us that nothing is too difficult, as long as people work together, have a common goal and determination to succeed.

    “The Balloon Run for me represents that kind of spirit. A paediatric hospital would be the realisation of the dreams of a lot of people,” adds Mkhize.

    Matt will be one of just 13 people in the world who have attempted the feat of cluster-ballooning, as it’s known amongst fellow adrenalin junkies. Not all those attempts have been successful – two of those people have perished in the process, so the stakes could not be higher on this daring stunt.” [read more HERE]

    And check these to donate or get involved.

    http://www.balloonrun.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/RobbenIsland…
    @Balloonbloke

     

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