MESSAGE to charity stewards

Roland Stokes

Dear Bro Charity Steward
Further to the announcement on Tuesday evening’s zoom meeting, here is the “West Kent Virtual Balloon race” website address
https://wk2026.rentaballoonrace.com
and the following resume will be found there.
Welcome to the world’s only 100% eco-friendly “West Kent” virtual balloon race, where everything is real except the balloon.
This is a new innovative fundraising solution to the Coronavirus self-isolation and events cancellations that does not involve gambling or just simply donating. It is a fun 7-day computer game where you can change your balloon parameters to help winning and follow your own decorated balloon on Google Maps and satellites 24/7. The funds from this ‘virtual balloon race’ will support the West Kent 2026 Festival with 50% being awarded between 2 local children’s charities -‘We are Beams’ and ‘Itsmylifetrust’
We aim to involve children as much as possible so the balloons will be released on Thursday 17th, December at 5pm from Father Christmas’ Grotto in Lapland and distances will be measured at race end on Thursday 24th, December at 5pm. £3 will buy you a balloon and as mentioned they can be personalised and named on line.
This is such a fun project, so please get involved and buy as many balloons as possible for children, grandchildren and neighbours. The whole event can be watched online in the lead up to Christmas, which should ensure children are kept busy checking on their balloon’s progress. With climate change and Coronavirus social distancing on everyone’s mind, this COVID-busting, climate change and wildlife friendly, e-fundraising system is a perfect way to see out 2020. We feel this has exceptional fund-raising potential for both the 2 children’s Charities mentioned and also for our own 2026 West Kent Festival. We have lined up some excellent prizes:
1st Prize - One night at the “Double Tree Hotel” Hilton Bristol North to include a 3-course dinner and full breakfast.
2nd prize- £100.00 COTE Brasserie vouchers.
3rd prize- Family ticket to Howlett’s Zoo.
4th, 5th, 6th, prizes of game vouchers. Many thanks to Mountsfield and Cornwallis Lodges for their generosity.
Here are some ideas that you may use to encourage your members to purchase balloons, but please be inventive and bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to end 2020 and help our Charities. Buy a balloon or voucher for your children or grandchildren. Buy a one for a lost loved one or Lodge/Chapter member who has passed to the Grand Lodge above.
Name a balloon after one of your heroes or favourite football team or film star, maybe your most loved executive officer or MP! You get the idea. Please feel free to pass on this opportunely to friends, neighbours and workmates via email.
Kind regards
Roland Stokes