LocationNews and events » RSPCA Cymru support for St John Wales Virtual Balloon Race
St John Cymru Wales is holding a virtual balloon race on 22 July. The virtual balloons can be tracked online during the race and entrants can even decorate their balloon.
The balloons will be ‘launched’ from the Principality Stadium and the one that travels furthest in seven days will receive a cash prize of £1,000.
The money raised will go towards St John Wales’ life saving work.
RSPCA Cymru recently backed the campaign, having long highlighted the dangers sky lanterns and balloons pose to wildlife.
RSPCA Cymru’s political campaigns manager, Martin Fidler Jones, said: “This is a fantastic alternative to a real-life balloon release that uses all the positive symbolism of a balloon release, with none of the negatives.
“What goes come up, must come down. Lanterns and balloons can land anywhere and when they land they can look very much like food to many different animals and any fragments left on the ground or floating in water can easily be eaten.
“Ingesting balloons and lantern frames can cause death by blocking the digestive and/or respiratory tracts, and is likely to be slow. This has been documented in marine turtles, dolphins, whales and farm animals.
“We wish St John Cymru Wales all the best with their virtual balloon race, and encourage others to following their example and instead of releasing balloons to consider alternatives to help save animals lives.”
St John Cymru Wales’ digital media manager said: “We’re delighted to host our first virtual balloon race and would like to thank RSPCA Cymru for their support. We chose this event specifically with the environment and animals in mind. It’s a fantastic way to raise money for our charity and we hope everyone enjoys taking part.”
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