Up, up and away with Roundabout’s virtual balloon race

IT’S up, up and away for South Yorkshire youth homeless charity Roundabout with an Easter virtual balloon race to lift the spirits!

Roundabout’s fundraising and events programme has been affected by Coronavirus so the charity is encouraging supporters to join a special Easter holiday family fun event – without having to leave the safety of their own homes.

Over the next couple of weeks, supporters will be able to purchase a virtual balloon for just £3, which will then fly around the world and can be tracked on real time global map when the race launches on Easter Sunday.

There is no impact on the environment as all balloons are virtual – and everybody who buys a balloon is in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes, including £500 cash, an Apple iPad and ten £10 Book Tokens.

And all the proceeds raised by Roundabout supporters will go to the charity that aims to support and empower young South Yorkshire people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to learn the necessary skills they need to become independent.


Balloons are available to purchase online now at roundabouthomeless.org/event/virtual-balloon-race/ and until Saturday April 11, with a virtual launch from Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Balloons will be trackable for seven days using Google Maps, with each balloon subject to a simulated flight pattern based on actual weather conditions such as wind speed and temperature.

“Roundabout now supports more than 250 young people living in accommodation every day, either provided by or supported by our charity,” said Chief Executive Ben Keegan.

“Coronavirus has hit all our fundraising plans for the next few months but the need to raise funds so we can continue to support vulnerable young does not diminish.

“Our virtual balloon race is a fantastic way to get the whole family involved in supporting a great cause.

“We’re encouraging people to purchase them for friends and family as a fun alternative to giving Easter Eggs this year!”