Balloon Run attempt lifts off

2013-04-06 12:02
Matt Silver-Vallance takes off in his attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town to raise funds for charity. (Twitter)

Matt Silver-Vallance takes off in his attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town to raise funds for charity. (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 man has lifted off in his attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town using nearly 200 helium balloons to raise money for charity.

"And we have lift off" @Balloonbloke tweeted shortly after 11:45 on Saturday.

Matt Silver-Vallance took off despite foggy conditions in Table Bay, which delayed his mission.

The flight is expected to take about 45 minutes.

The mission is to raise funds for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg.

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