We would love you to join us by taking part in this Valentine’s Day Virtual Balloon Race. You can buy a virtual balloon, customize it and then race it for a chance to win prizes while raising money to support migrants and refugees across south London!

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant more people are going without the bare essentials we all need. But we want to help change that. We are raising money for food and other basic items on behalf of destitute families and people excluded from claiming benefits and struggling to get out of devastating poverty and financial crisis, made worse by the impact of COVID-19. Many have lost their jobs, or the support from family and friends due to their own struggles.

Providing food is just one of four things we do to empower migrants in south London. We advocate, campaign, meet basic needs and improve the wellbeing of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in London.

To buy some balloons in the Valentine’s Day race, simply create an account (via the blue button at the bottom of this page) and then buy as many balloons as you like at £3 each.

Once you have signed up and paid for your balloon, you can personalise it by giving it a name and decorate it by choosing its shape, weight, colour and pattern. You can also choose the balloon’s rubber thickness (which can protect your balloon from bursting but is heavy) and helium content. (which can make it fly higher and therefore faster). This could matter as the balloon race is guided by real-time weather conditions.

Virtual balloons can even be gifted... After you've signed-up, simply purchase a balloon activation code for £3 each and then send the code to your family and friends. Please note that to join the race, gift codes must be activated half an hour before the race begins. The gift recipient can decorate, name, and track their balloon themselves. They may even win a prize!

The balloons "launch" on 14 February from the Eiffel Tower, Paris at 12pm. The race lasts for 7 days and you can follow the race in real-time online via Google map. The winners will be the balloons that reach the furthest point in a straight line. There will be hundreds of balloons in the race as you’ll be competing against other charities and organisations from across the UK.

EcoRace also has the following prizes for overall winners:
1st Place: £500 Cash
2nd Place: Apple iPad
3rd Place: 10 lucky winners of £10 Book Tokens

With the exception of a 21.7% admin fee the money raised will come directly to LRMN.

Please spread the word by sharing our race URL far and wide with all your family and friends: https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1376

Thank you too everyone who bought a balloon and good luck!

Our fundraising target is: £200

Gross monies raised so far: £150

Supporters so far: 16

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Top 20 balloons within cause

  • #1 TJT NCFC balloon: travelled 1,011.62km FINISHED

  • #2 TJT stripey balloon : travelled 952.43km FINISHED

  • #3 Clairy Team Coco : travelled 793.81km FINISHED

  • #4 Balloon: travelled 720.58km FINISHED

  • #5 Balloon: travelled 717.34km FINISHED

  • #6 Balloon: travelled 710.64km FINISHED

  • #7 Balloon: travelled 710.51km FINISHED

  • #8 Ailee baby: travelled 703.76km FINISHED

  • #9 Balloon: travelled 703.01km FINISHED

  • #10 Bs Balloon: travelled 690.59km FINISHED

  • #11 Alan Morag: travelled 684.49km FINISHED

  • #12 Balloon: travelled 665.90km FINISHED

  • #13 Grangy: travelled 665.36km FINISHED

  • #14 Balloon: travelled 662.89km FINISHED

  • #15 Spotty: travelled 651.98km FINISHED

  • #16 Balloon: travelled 638.70km FINISHED

  • #17 Balloon: travelled 592.56km FINISHED

  • #18 Grumby: travelled 560.60km FINISHED

  • #19 TJT green and yellow : travelled 557.71km FINISHED

  • #20 Balloon: travelled 507.21km FINISHED

Supporter Balloons (50)

  • 99 Red joined the race on February 14, 2021, 9:25 AM

  • Tigger joined the race on February 14, 2021, 9:20 AM

  • Kathleen joined the race on February 14, 2021, 9:09 AM

  • Minding the Cash joined the race on February 14, 2021, 9:06 AM

  • Izzy whizzy joined the race on February 14, 2021, 8:37 AM

  • Ellie Woodstock joined the race on February 14, 2021, 8:37 AM

  • Eccles joined the race on February 14, 2021, 8:37 AM

  • Balloon joined the race on February 13, 2021, 2:09 PM

  • Balloon joined the race on February 13, 2021, 11:56 AM

  • Balloon joined the race on February 13, 2021, 10:18 AM