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Bespoke Virtual Balloon Races

Bored of the same old fundraisers in the workplace? Launch your organisation’s very own bespoke Virtual Balloon Race to raise money for Shine and boost the profile of your company!


How does it work? Simply decide...

  1. When you would like your race to run? Perhaps tie it in with a special anniversary, a product launch, or opening of a new site?
  2. Where you would like your race to launch? Your head office, Downing Street, or even The Whitehouse?!
  3. Who you will invite to buy a balloon? Staff, Clients, maybe create some healthy competition between branches?

The cost of the balloon is for you to decide, anything from £5 - £30 is popular. We can create ‘offers’ for multiple purchases (buy 5 get 5 free, etc). It's your race, so you decide!

How do we sign up?

To get started contact Asif Shaheed E: asif.shaheed@shinecharity.org.uk who will guide you through creating your bespoke race.

What next?

  1. A unique URL link to your very own race will be emailed to you
  2. Share the link and invite your network or staff to buy a balloon via email or Twitter
  3. Offer a prize for the balloon that travels the furthest
  • Design your balloon

Buying a balloon is simple and fun!

What do your staff get out of it? They can...

  • Personalise their balloon by choosing from a range of shapes, colours, and patterns, and by uploading your logo or photo and a message
  • Share the link to the race on Twitter and encourage your network to 'pledge support' to boost your balloon's resistance!
  • Track balloons via the online race page
  • Get race updates via Twitter
  • Pledge support to boost a balloon’s resistance!

All this AND they'll be supporting a great cause, helping thousands of individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and their families, in local communities across the country.


Sounds great - let's go!

To get started contact Asif Shaheed E: asif.shaheed@shinecharity.org.uk 

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