Using 160 large helium balloons and the help of 100 team members, Matt Silver-Vallance successfully flew from Robben Island to 300 meters off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The flight was not only a daring feat, but was a tribute to former South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela. In his opposition to apartheid, Mandela was a political prisoner on Robben Island for 18 years of his 27 years in prison.
Though the weather was not in his favor at first, Silver-Vallance tweeted this sunny photo, saying, “I knew I had gone high but didn’t realise that this is what the 1000m high looks like!”
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