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Care for Children balloon race
Race a virtual balloon for Norwich Christian charity 

International Christian children’s charity, Care for Children based in Norwich, is launching a virtual balloon race and is asking supporters to join in by purchasing a £3 balloon, with the chance to win two return flights to any destination in the world.

Norwich based charity Care for Children has a vision to see one million children in China and Thailand moved from institutional care into foster families and is launching a virtual balloon race to help fund its ‘vision of a million’ campaign. 
The international children’s charity, which has its headquarters in Norwich, partners with governments in Asia who want to make the transition away from institutional care to family-based care, but lack the tools needed to see it through effectively and systematically.  By government invitation, their team of social work experts train state-run care institutions in how to move orphaned and abandoned children into local, loving families.
Norfolk native and former head of social services in Guernsey, Dr Robert Glover OBE, Care for Children’s Founder and Executive Director said: “This is an easy, environmentally friendly and fun event for the whole family, which will help give some of the most disadvantaged children in the world the opportunity to grow up in local, loving families.”   
To take part you can purchase a virtual balloon online for £3, personalise it, and then sit back and watch the race unfold.  The balloons will be virtually released from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong on Friday, September 23 shortly after 11am (Coordinated Universal Time).
In the simulated race, the wind will blow, the rain will pour and over one week the balloons will fly or fall.  During the race, you can keep up-to-date with the progress of your balloon through the online system, which cleverly tracks where each balloon would have flown to according to the Yahoo Weather for the week. 
Dr Robert Glover said: “The owner of the balloon, which travels the furthest over the week, will win two British Airways return flights to any destination in the world!
“Once you have bought a balloon, spread the word via social media by sharing your balloons on Facebook and Twitter - and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to join the race.”
For full event details and to buy your balloons click here.

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