Virtual Balloon Race

Last year, for the Christmas tree festival at the Parish church we created a Christmas tree completely out of milk bottles to promote the recycle & reuse theme.


This year we need to raise some funds to repair our wonderful wind organ. We are lucky enough to have the organ played at each of our services but after many years it now needs quite a considerable amount of work doing to it, which will cost thousands of pounds.
We have decided to echo the eco friendly idea of last year’s Christmas tree & are promoting a virtual balloon race.
Everything happens online so there is no plastic to harm the environment or animals.
The race launches online from Santa’s village, Lapland on Christmas day for 7days.
Each balloon entered costs £3.
Have fun designing your balloon with different colours, shapes & patterns & even maybe help its chances by changing its helium content & rubber thickness.

Follow your balloon globally in real time on Google Maps and Satellite Imagery. The balloons that travel the farthest in a straight line from the launch point win
· 1st prize of £100 cash · 2nd prize of an Amazon Alexa / Echo Dot 4th Generation.

Join the race for £3 per balloon & see how far your balloon flies from Santa’s village, Lapland on Christmas Day.
Go to   https://ecoracing.co/cause/olney-urc-2362/  
or use this QR code to take you there directly


If you would like to be part of the race but don’t want to go online please contact us via email at olneycmurc@gmail.com & we will do the online bit for you

Although the race is online, clever mathematical and physics algorithms simulate a flight pattern based on the balloon’s individual flight parameters plus the real weather conditions at the actual time of the race, such as the prevailing wind speed and current temperature.

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