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'Unbelievable' balloon run raises R70,000

Matt Silver-Vallance managed to raise at least R70,000 during a helium balloon ride.

The Balloon Run took place in Cape Town on 6 April 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN
balloon run,Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund,Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital,Aviator Matt SilverVallance
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CAPE TOWN - A South African adventurer is celebrating after raising at least R70,000 during a helium balloon ride from Robben Island to Cape Town.

Matt Silver-Vallance embarked on the race to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.

Silver-Vallance described the experience as scarier than anticipated.

The big, bright balloons were set against a grey and misty sky at the Robben Island Balloon Run on Saturday.

The flight was postponed for few hours due to volatile weather conditions.

Once airborne, a few loud popping sounds could be heard as some of the balloons burst.

In total, 160 balloons swept Silver-Vallance of the island and he had to pop 35 of them before he could land at sea, a few hundred metres away from Eden on the Bay at Blouberg Beach.

Silver-Vallance described the experience as “unbelievable and crazy.”

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