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National Balloon Month renews call to #LiftUpSomebody

Sharing smiles and focusing on smart balloon practices form the basis of this September’s #LiftUpSomebody campaign, part of The Balloon Council’s International Balloon Month celebration.

The #LiftUpSomebody campaign inspires people around the world to ‘thank’ someone special in their community by giving them balloons, before sharing those moments of joy on Facebook and Instagram, using the #LiftUpSomebody hashtag.

The pictures will then automatically be entered into an online photo contest and winners will be featured on balloonsliftup.com and announced at the FLOAT 2019 convention.

The campaign also encourages people to promote and follow the motto: “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

“Giving balloons to important people in our community such as firefighters, care givers and teachers, helps spread goodwill and demonstrates the positive power of balloons,” said Lorna O’Hara, executive director of The Balloon Council.

“This also provides a great opportunity to increase awareness of the proper ways to use and handle balloons, so they don’t wind up in places where they don’t belong,” she added.

“Simple practices such as always weighting balloons, popping and disposing of them after the celebration, never inhaling helium, making sure children are always supervised when playing with balloons, and most importantly never releasing balloons, are just some of the tips we are encouraging people to share,” explained Lorna.

The Balloon Council recently announced a revised stance on balloon releases, emphasising the fact that balloons should not be released.

“Over the years, as the social and political climates have changed, our position has also evolved. This change in stance fully recognizes the need for everyone to be as ‘green’ as we possibly can be to protect our planet,” said Dan Flynn, chairman of The Balloon Council. “Our new motto is “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

For information and contest details visit balloonsliftup.com

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