In Malaysia, we attended the Putrajaya International Balloon Festival, held in the government district just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Balloons from around the world converged on the city for the four day event.
We worked with UNICEF Malaysia’s Ambassadors, the popular cartoon characters, Upin and Ipin. We promoted UNICEF in Malaysia and raised awareness about children’s right to education.
We did two further flights over Putrajaya after the balloon festival had concluded.
For more information about UNICEF Malaysia, please go to www.unicef.my
In the Philippines, we attended the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao. The purpose of us being there was to show our support for UNICEF Philippines and the hard work they had been doing since Cyclone Haiyan hit Tacloban the year before. The event ran for four days and balloons from all over the world attended the event.
For more information about UNICEF Philippines, please go to www.unicef.org/philippines/
In Thailand, we attended an event promoting inclusiveness of children with special needs organised by UNICEF Thailand and Special Olympics Thailand. We inflated the balloon at the Three Kings Monument Square in central Chiang Mai. Children from a local special needs school attended, aswell as a number of government officials and partners.
We shared postcards with the children and encouraged them to help with the pack up of the balloon. After the event, we observed the health screening project at the children’s school, which Special Olympics Thailand run.
The second event was a flight on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, promoting inclusiveness of children with special needs.
For more information about UNICEF Thailand, please go to www.unicef.org/thailand/
We had three events in Cambodia, two at schools in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh respectively, and one at a public event in Phnom Penh. The balloon was inflated at both schools and project Director Andrew Parker, spoke to the children about the project and where he was from. Postcardswere shared and many questions from the kids were answered.
The last event was at Wat Bottom, close to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The balloon was inflated to promote children’s right to education. There was good media presence and pictures made it to newspapers all around the world.
For more information about UNICEF Cambodia, please go to www.unicef.org/Cambodia/
In Laos, the balloon was inflated in the town of Vang Vieng. Children from a local school came to see the balloon. The event was incorporated with popular Laos cartoon characters. Gifts were given to the children and and many questions about the balloon were answered.
The theme of the event was spreading the message of the importance of education.
For more information about UNICEF Laos, please go to www.unicef.la