What's On Sahara Desert Balloon Race: 8 August Join our Sahara Desert Balloon Race raising money for Katharine House Take part in the 100% environmentally friendly virtual balloon race and raise money having fun with family, friends and colleagues. Each balloon costs £3 and you can personalise your balloon - what shape it will be and what colour. You can even decide what thickness of rubber to use and how much helium to fill it with. Your balloon will then be launched along with hundreds of others, from Timbuktu on 8 August. The balloon that has reached the furthest when the race finishes 7 days later, will win a prize: 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: Apple iPad 3rd Prize: 10 x lucky winner £10 book vouchers The balloon that goes the furthest from all of the Katharine House balloons, will win a small prize from us as well. All this fun without any harm to wildlife and from the comfort of your own home. Who could ask for more! Once your virtual balloon has been 'released' from Timbuktu, you can follow its progress by logging back in to the account through which you purchased the balloon and see how it fairs against the elements. You can watch your balloon sail through the skies with friends, family and colleagues tracking its progress along the way. And the best thing? Throughout the race, you’ll actually be able to see what happens to your balloon and you’ll find out what position you finished in, which really stirs up that competitive spirit. Race against yourself, family and friends Why not buy more than one balloon, give them different thicknesses of rubber and amounts of helium and see which one flies the best? You could have mini competitions against yourself or buy several balloons for different family members and friends. The sky's the limit! How do I take part? It is super easy and fun to take part in the virtual balloon race. It only takes a few steps, but it's an opportunity to learn and teach geography and aerodynamics as well as put your design skills to the test. To buy your balloon, follow these simple steps: Follow this link to the Katharine House Hospice page on the EcoRacing website or click on the button below. Click ‘Buy Balloons’. Sign in or create an account. Pick how many balloons you want to enter or give as a gift. You design your balloon’s colour, pattern, helium contents and rubber thickness - make sure you label it too. Buy your balloons now > Congratulations you have now entered and you can wait for the big race and track its progress during the 7 days following their launch. What else is on? To find out about other events Katharine House and others are organising to fundraise for the hospice, please go to our What's On page.