Friends of Rowlands Gill Primary School


Welcome to FORGPS’s first ever Virtual Balloon Race – we’d love you to take part in our Halloween fundraiser! This is virtual, so totally environmentally friendly and there is no risk to wildlife.

National Star Prizes (for the balloons that fly the furthest, from all charities joining this race):
* 1st: £500 cash prize
* 2nd: iPad
* 10 x £10 book tokens

There will also be a Halloween sweet bundle for our furthest flying Rowlands Gill Balloon!!

Each balloon costs just £3 and you can buy as many balloons as you want to increase your chances of winning. Every balloon really will make a difference.

Setting off from Dracula's castle, it's a seven-day computer simulation race where everything is real except the balloon. The direction and distance the balloons fly is based completely on the way you customise your balloon, and the weather during the week. Other hazards can also affect your balloons flight such as low flying geese if your balloon doesn't have enough helium! The winner of the race is the balloon that’s flown the furthest in ANY direction.

You can buy a virtual balloon for just £3 and give it a name, colour, shape and pattern. The software designed to run the race uses live weather data to determine the progress of each balloon and each entry can be tracked on Google Maps and Satellites once launched.
You can alter your balloon’s parameters at any time to increase your chance of winning.

Due to Covid-19 we sadly had to cancel our Easter fundraising event, Summer fair, Halloween Disco and Christmas fair and will probably have to cancel all of our usual fundraising activities for even longer. These events help to raise needed funds to support our current fundraising target of a class set of laptops. We have already purchased 12 laptops, and despite not being able to hold any events we are very close to being able to purchase the remaining laptops. If we were to raise £400, that would enable us to buy one more laptop!

While we fully appreciate and understand that this is a very difficult time for many, we are hoping that some of you may enjoy taking part in this fun event from the comfort of your own home and helping us to recoup some of the funds that the school will have lost out on this year.

Please do share our virtual balloon race with as many friends and family members that you can (you can even gift balloons!) and we thank you all for your ongoing support for our school fundraising as we all continue to navigate through this tough period.

Our fundraising target is: £400

Gross monies raised so far: £105

Supporters so far: 17

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Supporter Balloons (35)

  • Maddie joined the race on October 27, 2020, 6:31 PM

  • Racing Rocket joined the race on October 27, 2020, 6:31 PM

  • Ruth joined the race on October 26, 2020, 8:50 AM

  • airbus balloon 1 joined the race on October 26, 2020, 8:50 AM

  • RUBY MC joined the race on October 21, 2020, 10:33 PM

  • Henry joined the race on October 21, 2020, 8:15 PM

  • Spooks joined the race on October 21, 2020, 3:25 PM

  • Scrooge joined the race on October 21, 2020, 3:25 PM

  • Balloon joined the race on October 18, 2020, 11:40 AM

  • Balloon joined the race on October 18, 2020, 11:40 AM