MEMBERS of Knowle and Dorridge Rotary Club are taking to the air in a Virtual Balloon Race with a host of prizes up for grabs, including £500 for the winner.
For a £3 ticket, competitors can design their own balloon to get it race-ready for 12noon on Christmas Day before then tracking it on its seven-day journey from Santa’s Village in Lapland.
The K&D Rotarians are being joined by colleagues at Redditch Kingfisher Rotary Club and together the proceeds will be divided equally between Molly Olly’s Wishes in Warwick and the Public Access Defibrillator Project, working with the Community Heartbeat Trust to fund more community defibrillators and CPR training in Redditch.
Colin Winstone, President of Rotary Club in Knowle and Dorridge added: “It’s vital we continue to raise money for our charities – and the virtual balloon race means that we can reach out far and wide to help us raise money.
“It’s all online, but it’s lots of fun, it’s totally environmentally friendly and it appeals to adults and kids alike – we’re really hoping people will enter into the Christmas spirit and help us raise money for such worthwhile causes.”
Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.
Based in Warwick, it works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families throughout the UK.
For further information visit www.mollyolly.co.uk
Redditch Kingfisher Rotary has got behind the cause to expand the number of Public Access Defibrillators in Redditch.
There are 3,400 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the West Midlands, from which only one in eight people survive. Further information is available by visiting: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk
To take part in the Virtual Balloon Race visit: www.tinyurl.com/ChristmasBalloon