Santa's Sleigh Race is a fun way to support the work of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. We are holding our Santa's Sleigh Race lottery on 22nd December 2016 starting at 12pm and the race will finish on 25th December 2016 at 12am. The sleigh that travels the furthest wins our first prize of €500.00.
Each ticket purchased gets its own sleigh and you can follow your sleigh's progress online at sleighrace.yspi.ie. Tickets can be purchased for €5.00 each or we have discounts available. You will receive your tickets by email within 24 hours of purchase.
As a special Christmas promotion we are offering 10 tickets for just €20.00.
How did this fundraiser come about?
One of our volunteers is a software engineer. He wanted to do some fundraising for YSPI by running a helium balloon race. However the environmental concerns, and the regulations around balloons and air traffic, were making the whole idea impossible. Then he decided to create a virtual balloon race application.
A virtual balloon race is the online version of the very popular balloon release race. Hundreds of balloons are released at a time and the one that travels the furthest from the starting point is the winner. With our clever website you can even follow the progress of your own balloon on line. We use real-time weather information from the closest weather station to your balloon to provide speed and direction, and then we display the balloons’ progress and current position on Google maps.
So why an online sleigh race?
As the fundraising software is very flexible we can use the mapping application to run just about any kind of virtual air race. Being Christmas, we decided that Santa’s Sleigh Race would be appropriate to the season.