by Simon Capstick-Dale

Robben Island balloon trip

In the name of fun and charity

Robben Island balloon trip
Robben Island balloon trip

Matt Silver-Vallance successfully floated from Robben Island to Cape Town, using nearly 200 helium balloons, to raise money for charity. The mission was to raise funds for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg, a 200-bed specialist paediatric academic and tertiary referral hospital.

Matt took off on Saturday (6 April) despite foggy conditions in Table Bay, which delayed his mission, the flight taking approximately one hour in total. He landed safely on a boat off Sunset Beach in Cape Town at 12h45.

After taking off from the island he ascended to a maximum altitude of about 180 metres. He wore a wetsuit and life jacket as a precaution and had a powered paraglider follow him to update air traffic and navigation services. There were also support teams on the ground.

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