Air-IT was pleased to support the Shine charity recently, when we sponsored three balloons in their Race for Carers Virtual Balloon Race, which took place in February.
Established in 1966, Shine – which is short for Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking, Equality – supports individuals and families living with the challenges arising from spina bifida, hydrocephalus and related issues.
The Race for Carers is part of a rolling programme of environmentally friendly, interactive virtual balloon races organised by Shine, all of which take place online. This particular race aimed to raise vital funds for the estimated 9,000 people in the UK who act as voluntary carers for babies, children and adults living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
Shine’s balloon races are a fun way to make a serious difference and contribute to the charities fundraising activities by sponsoring a number of balloons, which you can design and modify online. Once the race got underway, we were able to log on to the race website to see how the Air-IT balloons were doing. Although we didn’t manage a great performance – our balloons finished 44th, 222th and 1,122th respectively – we enjoyed keeping track of the race and watching our balloon’s fortunes as they flew over various Google Earth landmarks!
The eventual race winner was Document House from Scunthorpe whose balloon managed to travel a total of 935 miles, from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea.
The race raised a total of £59,000 with funds being used to support carers across the UK in a variety of ways – from providing practical assistance and advice, and by organising events so they can share their experiences and enjoy mutual support. These voluntary carers include parents, grandparents, other family members and friends, some of whom have to be on call round the clock to care for severely disabled people with spina bifida, or a child who has disruptive behavioural issues due to their hydrocephalus.
Air-IT’s Managing Director, Todd McQuilkin commented:
‘We were delighted to be involved with Shine’s Race for Carers Balloon Race. Supporting carers is just one of the many ways this fantastic charity works to celebrate and improve the quality of life for everyone living with or affected by, spina bifida and hydrocephalus.’