Balloon Run preparations under way

2013-04-06 08:44
Helium balloons are prepared for take-off ahead of an attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town for charity. (Matt Silver-Vallance, Twitter)

Helium balloons are prepared for take-off ahead of an attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town for charity. (Matt Silver-Vallance, Twitter)

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Robben Island balloon run

2013-04-03 14:21

Matt Silver-Vallance is waiting for the perfect weather conditions to travel from Robben Island to Cape Town using just helium balloons. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - A South African navy vessel set sail from Table Bay harbour on Saturday morning to lend support to a man attempting to float from Robben Island to the mainland using balloons.

Matt Silver-Vallance is trying to raise money for the building of the Nelson Mandela Children's hospital.

Silver-Vallance will use 200 helium filled balloons to try and pull off his mission. On one of his latest twitter posts, Silver- Valance said: "Inflation team hard at work, filling 200 balloons with helium. These ain't your Spur balloons, kids."

A team of 25 people started the inflation process at 03:00 on Saturday morning and were expected to wrap up shortly.

The balloons are 15 metres in diameter, which organisers say is as high as a 12 storeys high.

The morning fog means the scheduled take-off of 09:00 could be delayed until the weather conditions improve.

- For more information on the attempt, visit the website.

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