As part of our "smiles for miles" Autumn events. Join us for some virtual fun and help us make sure older people aren't forgotten.

Celebrate your birthday, wedding, or the life of someone special in a unique way by taking part in our virtual balloon race. Each balloon can be personalised with your own message for that someone special.

The balloons will virtually race for a week and you can track your balloon live as it floats across the virtual sky.

There will be prizes for the balloons that travel the furthest! 

1st prize  Food hamper, courtesy of the winner's local ViVO store

2nd prize £30 voucher, courtesy of Tesco Ballymena

2nd prize £20 voucher, courtesy of Tesco Coleraine

To remember and celebrate the lives of older people we will launch the balloons on International Day for Older People. The balloons will be released at 12 noon on Thursday 1 October and race until 12 noon on Thursday 8 October.

How it works:

Customise your virtual balloons.  Each balloon costs £5 each and you can buy as many as you like.  You can customise each balloon with a name, colour and message for a loved one.

For every 2 balloons we sell we could pay for a weekly Check in and Chat call to a lonely older person who has no one else to turn to.

Track your balloons:

You’ll be sent a link so you can watch your virtual balloon race over the week.  The winning virtual balloon is the one which has flown the furthest.

A virtual balloon race is a 100% eco-friendly simulation whereby everything about the race is real except the balloon, so no birds or animals are harmed during the race!

Buy your balloon! 

1 balloon cost £5. Please buy your balloon in the book a place section below. When booking please pick your balloon colour from the drop down. The image below shows all the available colours. 


Once you book a place below, you can start your fundraising by setting up your very own page.

Create Fundraising Page

Please email [email protected] for any queries 

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