BALLOON RUN TO CONTINUE WITHOUT BALLOONS AS THEY POST RISK TO WILDLIFE

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The authorities have poured cold water over a run that is to take place in October this year. The Run for Good Balloon Run, which is organised by the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) and the Kampong Glam Community Sports Club, was supposed to have its participants hold on to balloons as they completed a course.

However, the most important component of the run was scrapped, as the balloons are mot allowed to be used in the run. This was explained off as based on the potential impact the balloons will have on the environment. The authorities are not keen on the idea of the balloons could float away and end up as litter on Singapore's roads and waterways, and pose a risk to wildlife that may ingest the discarded material.

The balloons will still be used, instead of during the run now they are used to decorate the event venue, and runners will learn how to craft simple balloon sculptures during the event. Extra trash bins will be provided to ensure the balloons are disposed off safely.

Nick Soh

A.S.S. Contributor

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