Balloon race with­out harm to en­vi­ron­ment

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

THE Vir­tual Balloon race is back again for its sec­ond year at East Cheshire Hos­pice.

In this 21st Cen­tury race the bal­loons ex­ist only in cy­ber-space, us­ing real weather data and Google maps for real-time flight path track­ing, a com­puter pro­gramme cal­cu­lates which balloon flies the fur­thest.

Bal­loons are for both schools and in­di­vid­u­als and are now avail­able to buy on­line for just £3.

They can be per­son­alised by choos­ing the size, shape and even the thick­ness of the rub­ber and it’s these choices which will in­form the com­puter cal­cu­la­tions – big­ger bal­loons may fly fur­ther but could ex­plode whilst thin­ner bal­loons may fly higher but may be sub­ject to wind con­di­tions

“It’s a fun, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, fam­ily ac­tiv­ity and an op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers to ed­u­cate their pupils about en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, geog­ra­phy, physics, map read­ing, ge­ol­ogy, me­te­o­rol­ogy and more,” said com­mu­nity fundraiser, Lisa Ball.

“We can of­fer an ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tion for class time to sup­port the learning or even a whole school assem­bly,” added Lisa.

The bal­loons are tracked over a week and the three bal­loons to fly fur­thest will win prizes, with the owner of the win­ning balloon re­ceiv­ing £100 worth of fam­ily friendly vouch­ers.

Last year’s race at­tracted more than 650 en­tries with 12-year-old Lilly Fog­will from Gat­ley pick­ing up the prize for the balloon that trav­elled the fur­thest - more than 1200 miles to Copen­hagen.

The race launches on March 27 at 3pm and you can buy your bal­loons on­line now www.rabr.co/ ech.

En­joy­ing the East Cheshire Hos­pice Ladies Lunch are (from left:) Rachel Massey, Joanna Rostron, Bar­bara Gollings, Julie Nel­son and Jane Beck­ett

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