MS Ireland is delighted to announce that we are bringing the open blue
skies into your homes in the form of our first annual Virtual Balloon
race for World MS Day.
Due to the current climate, unfortunately, we had to postpone our
World MS Day plans and this year we had to think a little bit
differently, in the form of a Virtual Balloon Race.
There are 9,000 people living with MS in Ireland, our aim is to launch
9,000 Virtual balloons at €5 per balloon with the race to begin on the
30th May, World MS Day. You can design a balloon for a loved one, get
competitive with family and friends or get involved with your
So far we have over 3,000 virtual Balloons Ready to fly and hope we
will reach out the target of 9,000 before Saturday 6 pm.
Once the balloons are virtually launched they will then be subject to
a simulated set of weather conditions that are based on the prevailing
wind and weather conditions at the actual launch site (MS Care Centre)
for the time of year. From that point onwards, the fate of your
balloon is controlled by how it will react to the weather conditions
it is subjected to. This is simulated using an advanced computer
modelling programme linked to Google maps and weather data. It’s a bit
of fun and an easy way to support our services and spread awareness
for World MS Day. For more information or to purchase a balloon