Red balloon day starts to take shape

FULL COVERAGE: National Red Balloon Day from start to finish

THE National Red Balloon Day campaign has raised more than $10,000 with more money still to come. 

Event organisers Jody Hardiman, Aleasha Gilbert and Cath Rankin have rallied together to sell about 27,500 balloons to people across the country. 

Ms Hardiman said there were still about 1000 balloons left to sell and an official event on Friday will raise extra money. 

She said all proceeds would be donated back to respective state services. 

"The money will go to the fire services right across Australia," she said. 

"If you buy a balloon in Victoria it will go to the CFA, if you buy it in South Australia it goes to the (South Australian Country Fire Service).

"Once the auditor has got the books and gone through them in April that is when the money will be handed over."

An official event will take place at the Civic Gardens in Bendigo on February 28 from 11am to 3pm. 

There will be a barbecue, fire truck demonstration and education display from the CFA and City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Barry Lyons will make a speech. 

Ms Hardiman said all the pieces were falling in place for the national day of thanks.

"It's about celebrating National Red Balloon Day," she said. 

"We want to thank our firefighters for their hard work.

"Everyone has made a great effort and we are looking forward to (next Friday).

"We are really pleased with how it is taking shape."

Ms Hardiman said Bendigo business Signarama had donated a banner.

Ms Gilbert said there would also be a raffle and local businesses Fusion Room of Hair, Bendigo Cinema and the Rising Sun Hotel had donated prizes.

The Bendigo Advertiser is looking for residents who are showing their support for National Red Balloon Day. 

Email your photos to cos@bendigoadvertiser.com.au or madeleine.wines@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Alternatively, upload a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #nationalredballoonday 

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