We had two events in Turkey, one in Kapadokya, Central Turkey, and the other in Turkey’s Capital, Ankara.
We made a short movie amongst the amazing fairy chimneys of Kapadokya, mixed in with shots of our event in Antalya. We were halping to promote the ‘There is Another You’ campaign.
In Antalya, we created an event with UNICEF Turkey at the famous Atatuk Kultur Merkezi. Around 50 kids came from one of the local schools to see the balloon. We shared postcards from kids around the world, and a music group provided entertainment. A lot of fun was had by all.
We had two events with UNICEF Slovakia, one in Košice and the other in the capital, Bratislava. Around 50 excited children came to the event in Košice. We exchanged postcards before taking off and floating over the old city.
Before taking off in Bratislava, a local children’s dance group gave a performance. I flew directly over the old town and landed on the other side of Austria, close to the Austrian border.
We travelled to Kiev and made a flight with some local balloonists, then kept going to the troubled region of Donetskand tethered the balloon at a UNICEF event in Svyatogorsk. Around 5,000 people came to the event to celebrate International Children’s Day. There were many great musical performances and activities. It was a privilege to be there and to bring joy to so many kids.
An event was created in co-operation with UNICEF Finland at a refugee camp, about 45 minutes outside of Helsinki. Activities were arranged for the kids and it was a great atmosphere. Both children and adults enjoyed watching both the UNICEF balloon and a local balloon taking off. A few days later we also arranged for a number of the kids to be flown in a bigger balloon from the camp.
We created an event with 10 balloons for families to enjoy. Postcards were exchanged with some of the local children. The event was well supported by local balloonists. A local celebrity, Joy Anna Thielemans joined me on the flight and reached out to her many followers during the flight via social media. Local media were also present.