CREATING AN ACCOUNT

Before you can buy or gift a balloon or start fundraising for your own new cause or a registered charity, you must create an account here otherwise we do not know who you are if your balloon wins a brilliant prize! Each balloon costs just £3 and you can buy as many balloons as you want to increase your chances of winning, and of course, indirectly donate more to your favourite cause.

BUYING / GIFTING BALLOONS

Sign in to go direct to your personal dashboard. Click [ buy / gift / activate ] button just below future races. An alphabetical list of causes and charities is displayed - select the cause or charity you are supporting. On the cause page click the blue button

[ Buy balloons for you | Buy a gift for a friend | Activate a gifted code ]

Buy as many balloons for your charity that you can afford. Alternatively, gift balloons to one friend or relative. You can repeat the process for more relatives.

DECORATING YOUR BALLOON

Sign in to go direct to your personal dashboard.

On the left under Recently Supported you will see the cause(s) you’ve chosen. There are three yellow buttons. Click [ View / decorate / track ] to display your balloons and click on them individually to decorate. Remember to save all your design and parameter changes - the [ Save changes ] button is at the bottom of the page.

ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

When on your dashboard you can ‘customise’ each balloon by changing various parameters - balloon helium contents; shape; thickness of rubber.

Reflecting real life, virtual balloons just like latex ones, can pop if the balloon parameters are not suited to the weather. For example, maximising helium content, having the fastest shape and thinnest rubber during stormy weather is not advisable. So, looking at the predicted weather for your race period prior to customisation helps your chances of winning.

HOW TO USE A GIFT CODE

You need to create an account here otherwise we don’t know who you are if you win a prize. Signing in takes you directly to your dashboard. Click on the [ buy / gift / activate ] button just below future races. An alphabetical list of causes is displayed - select the cause or charity you are supporting. On the cause page click the blue button

[ Buy balloons for you | Buy a gift for a friend | Activate a gifted code ]

Enter your code in the Activate a code field and click Activate. Repeat if necessary with more codes.

Well done, a balloon has been added to your account. It appears in your dashboard and can be found in the central [ view / decorate / track ] button of the cause you are supporting.

LAUNCH AND FLIGHT INFORMATION

At the designated race launch time and at any time thereafter, you can see the virtual launch sequence on the race homepage. You do not need to login, just go to the Race Page and click on [ launch visual ]

Balloons are subject to a simulated flight pattern based on your balloon’s individual flight parameters plus the real weather conditions at that actual time such as the prevailing wind speed and current temperature. This simulation uses an advanced computer modelling programme linked to Google maps and, Aeris, a commercial global weather data supplier.

TRACKING BALLOONS

The leading 100 Balloons
All 100 race leading balloons can be seen at any time 24/7 during the race here.

Information shown includes the straight-line distance travelled in kilometres from the launch point, plus the balloon’s latitude and longitude.

The button [ race leaders ] is found just above the race map on the Race page.

Your balloons
To locate and track your balloons, Sign in and go to your dashboard.

On the left under Recently Supported you will see the cause(s) you’ve chosen. There are three yellow buttons. Click [ view / decorate / track ] to display your balloons. Click on them individually to see their tracking on Google Maps and satellites.

If ranked outside the top100, a ranking of 100+ will be displayed.

REVENUES EXPLAINED

Gross revenue for your cause is simply no of balloons sold x £3; this figure is constantly shown on your cause / charity page; for example, £9 from 3 balloon purchases. Our linear system operating costs of 20.7% are then deducted from that gross figure. A typical calculation is below.

Fairhaven Primary in Stourbridge sold 200 balloons for one of our races. The school PTA (cause) received (200 x £3) – (20.7 x (200 X £3)0 = £600 – £124.20 = £475.80 nett.

No statements are issued, and the nett amount is transferred automatically though the BACS banking payment platform 7 working days after the race finishes. This period is a mandatory banking regulation to allow for charity fraud checks and credit card chargebacks. If you have not already supplied your cause bank details during the set-up process, the cause organiser will be emailed.

Sales of 5 balloons or less will be credited to the next participated race.

WINNERS AND PRIZES

All races are 7 days in duration and the winning balloon is the one that has flown the furthest, as measured in a straight line from the launch location. Note that a popped / burst balloon can still win if the wind direction changes and sends the still-flying balloons backwards in a reverse direction.

The winner will be emailed with confirmation that they have won the race and with details of how to contact the organiser to arrange receiving their prize. To further comply with Gambling Commission rules, the winner will be asked a difficult question not readily ‘Googled’.

Prizes for each race are publicised on the website homepage. Plus, there are special individual bonus prizes for any cause or charity selling high numbers of balloons. For example, sales of 500 plus by Anywhere Chess Club will create an extra prize of £50 to be won solely by the furthest flight balloon purchased by a supporter of that chess club. Winning in this way does not stop the same supporter winning a main race prize.

Race prizes are strictly not negotiable, may vary without notice, and no correspondence will be entered regarding them. However, if a winner is from another country, Ecoracing management will make efforts to send over a cash equivalent in their local currency by electronic transfer.

FRAUD PREVENTION

When fundraising on behalf of a registered charity, it is normal protocol to inform that charity of your intentions. Importantly, the individual fundraiser will not receive any monies as all the revenues raised will be transferred directly by BACS into to the official bank account of that specific charity. This rule does not apply where the cause is trying to help another individual, in distress perhaps or needing an expensive operation in the USA for example. Unregistered charities or causes will be scrutinised and reviewed on an individual basis. Written evidence may be required to ensure public financial probity.