NEW! 10th Birthday Virtual Balloon Race

Reaching for the sky – 10th Birthday Virtual Balloon Race

We are celebrating 10 years of a truly pioneering partnership with NHS Lothian; our Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service. We want as many people as possible to join in the fun by taking part in our eco-friendly Virtual Balloon Race! Lift off from Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle!), Transylvania on Halloween, 31st October at 9am.

This eco-friendly online balloon race lasts 7 days and is like a computer game; you can change your balloons parameters – make it bigger or smaller, make the latex thicker or thinner – to help you win!  There are some great prizes up for grabs, 1st Place: £500, 2nd Place: an Apple iPad, 3rd Place: £10 Book Tokens for the next 10 fastest balloons.

You can track your balloon on google maps using satellites 24/7; the race is a simulation, but is influenced by information from real weather satellites in real-time!

How to Sign Up

Welcome to our Virtual Birthday Balloon Race!   Lift off from Dracula’s Castle, Transylvania on Halloween, 31st October at 9am!

Virtual Balloons cost £3 – you can buy as many as you like!

 

Buying a virtual balloon for yourself?

  1. Open our Race page, https://ecoracing.co/user/page/791
  2. Click to buy a balloon and follow the instructions to create a race account.

 

Gifting a virtual balloon to a friend?

  1. Open our Race page, https://ecoracing.co/user/page/791
  2. Look for ‘Buy activation codes to gift’ click and follow the instructions (you need to create an account)
  3. You will be emailed the gift code called a Personal Activation Code.
  4. Send a message to your friend with the code and the following link to this race instructions page – https://www.muirfieldridingtherapy.org.uk/fundraise-for-us/fundraise-support-our-events/new-10th-birthday-virtual-balloon-race/

 

Received a gifted virtual balloon?

  1. Received a message from your friend to say you’ve been gifted a virtual balloon? To access it, open our Race page https://ecoracing.co/user/page/791
  2. Create a race account.
  3. Look for ‘Activate a gifted code’ and add the personal activation code your friend sent you to the box.

 

Time to get balloon decorating!

  1. Login to your race account. Click on the menu, and select My dashboard. You’ll see the Muirfield Riding Therapy race under My causes. Click on the yellow View/decorate/track button and get decorating!
  2. You can change your balloon(s) helium contents, shape, thickness of rubber as well as choose your own pattern design.
  3. Save your changes, and when you see the countdown clock you’re all done for now!
  4. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for race week – the race is a simulation but is influenced by information from real weather satellites in real-time!
  5. Once the race starts, you can’t change your balloon parameters anymore. Virtual balloons, just like latex ones, can pop if the balloon parameters are not suited to the weather! But even a popped balloon can still win if the wind changes direction!
  6. Lift off takes place at 9am on 31st October.
  7. Winner and Prizes – The race is 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.  1st Place: £500, 2nd Place: an Apple iPad and 3rd Place: £10 Book Tokens for the next 10 fastest balloons!

 

GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU

The race is a fundraiser for our pioneering partnership with NHS Lothian, The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service.

In 2010 NHS Lothian and Muirfield Riding Therapy (MRT) launched The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, the first, and to this day the largest, Hippotherapy (a form of physiotherapy on horseback) service of its kind in Scotland!

NHS Lothian children’s physiotherapist Heather Falconer, who pioneered the service with MRT’s Service Coordinator Susan Law, says,

It’s particularly effective for children with neurological problems, helping them to develop motor skills like sitting and standing, walking, running, riding a bike.  Things that need core stability and balance skills.

The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, and Muirfield Riding Therapy’s other therapy sessions for children, young people and adults with various disabilities, are provided free-of-charge.

 

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