Author: Ross Phillips

St Ignatius School Virtual Balloon Race

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We’re delighted to announce St Ignatius Catholic School in St Helier, New Zealand have picked a virtual balloon race from for their next fund raising effort.

St Ignatius Catholic Primary School is situated in the tranquil seaside suburb of St Heliers Bay, an established residential area close to Auckland’s central business district. The original two roomed school was opened in 1927 by the Josephite sisters, the order founded by Australia’s first canonised saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. In November 2014, the two storey St Mary MacKillop block comprising flexible learning spaces was opened to provide further accommodation for our maximum intake of 321 children. The school provides a valued Catholic education for Year 1-6 children living within the traditional parish zones of St Ignatius, St Heliers and Mother of Perpetual Help, Glendowie.

Social Media Only Virtual Balloon Race Grosses £20,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT) is the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening inherited disease, affecting over 10,000 people in the UK. You can’t catch or develop cystic fibrosis, it’s something you’re born with and most cases in the UK are now diagnosed soon after birth. If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis it can be overwhelming, but CFT can help with information and support.

When, like CFT and most other UK health related charities, your supporter base is widely dispersed throughout Britain, raising badly needed funds for operational costs can be both arduous and resource intensive. So the unique Internet-based system is a major asset to the Income Generation Department at CFT because the web eliminates the need for expensive mailshots or face to face meetings between staff and supporters. Everything can be web-based, optimising costs to an absolute minimum.

So it is of major significance that the virtual CFT balloon race which just finished on Saturday 29th March was marketed almost entirely using social media only – no balloon cards or paper flyers were used at all. Twitter, email adverts and Facebook messages were the main sales channels used.

To read the full press release, either download the PDF here or see below.

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PTA Plus Newsletter

Rentaballoon race will be featured in the April edition of the PTA Plus newsletter. In their regular feature “Fundraising Focus”  Rentaballoonrace gets top spot.

We will of course share the link once we have it but to whet your appetite here’s a sneak peak at the article:


Bolton Software Company Selected for Angels Den, A Major UK Crowdfunding Platform

For Immediate Release Friday 6th March 2015

Rentaballoonrace Limited, a Bolton, based company that licences its US patent pending virtual balloon race software to hospices, charities and schools throughout the UK is set to expand its sales operations over to North America very shortly.

Mike Phillips, Marketing ManagerThe company has just been selected onto the prestigious Angels Den Crowdfunding platform to raise the £300,000 equity required to fund their significant sales opportunity.  Crowdfunding is a relatively new financial system that allows both small and large investors to buy shares in a growing business and receive HMRC approved tax breaks in parallel.

Mike Phillips, managing director, commenting on the good news said, “The USA is rated the world’s #1 charity giving country by CAF, the global Charities Aid Foundation, so it has to be a major market for our virtual race system”.

In November, the company ran one of their 100% eco-friendly races for the Cheshire Scouts and it grossed nearly £30,000. And with the new innovations planned for this year, their 2015 race is expected to more than triple the previous amount. Over the last three years the platform has raised over £3m for good causes.

This recent success now means fundraising for scouts and guides in North America is seen as a priority sub-sector for especially with two more scout races contracted in the last few weeks.

Rentaballoonrace MascotBesides the fun elements of the system like decorating your balloon and tracking it as it flies on Google maps, there are major educational outputs available in addition. These include teaching real life aspects of environmental issues, geography, geology and meteorology. Importantly too, the race system is not considered gambling by the UK Gambling Commission.

For more information, contact

Mike Phillips, managing director, Rentaballoonrace Limited

7a Church Bank Bolton BL1 1HX United Kingdom

+44 (0)1204 375500 /


ENDS flies to a school in Australia

For Immediate Release: Friday 6th March 2015 

Bolton based Rentaballoonrace Limited has landed its first contract for a virtual balloon race in Western Australia. Albany Primary School and Autism Support Network Albany (ASNA) have signed up to help them fundraise lots of money for school projects and World Autism Week which starts on the 27th March 2015


Julie Brooks, race co-ordinator said, “we are thrilled to be going ahead with the virtual balloon race and the school will use the project to raise awareness of education cuts [in Australia] to children with special needs”

The 100% eco-friendly virtual race system is becoming increasingly popular because it does not kill animals or birds unlike real latex balloons. Environmental pressure groups such as the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and their ’Don’t Let Go’ campaign are putting significant pressure on the UK Government to outlaw all real balloon races in the future.

Importantly too, because you can change the amount of helium, balloon shape and thickness of rubber, the UK Gambling Commission consider the system a game of skill and not chance. Therefore no gaming licence is required.

A recent race for Cheshire Scouts grossed almost £30,000 and with the new innovations planned for this year, their 2015 race is expected to more than triple the previous amount.

Besides the fun elements, there are major educational outputs from the race system if you so wish, especially real aspects of environmental issues, geography, geology and meteorology. Plus, as the race system is an interactive competition, it can capture details of warm supporters and be used to recruit new members and / or promote corporate sponsors.

For more details, contact

Mike Phillips, marketing director,

Rentaballonrace Limited

7a Churchbank, Bolton. BL1 1HX United Kingdom

01204 375500