OFFICIAL balloons are still available for National Red Balloon Day but are running out fast.
Organisers have sold more than 27,500 balloons country-wide with all proceeds going to the firefighters.
The printed balloons can be purchased from www.nationalredballoonday.com.au or from Harry's Lolly Shop in Mitchell Street.
People who buy the Bendigo Advertiser on February 27 will also get an official red balloon.
National Red Balloon Day organiser Jody Hardiman said people could also use balloons from party shops, red ribbons or other red items.
She said the committee did not endorse using helium and asked people to dispose of their balloons correctly.