In the animation Up a grumpy old man uses hundreds of helium filled balloons to lift his house to a faraway destination. Well South African Matt Silver Vallance, 37 has taken up the mantel to raise money for the Nelson Mandela children’s hospital.
Vallance flew his helium balloon contraption from Robben Island, the prison that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, to Cape Town. The stuntman wearing a wetsuit and custom made harness with 160 balloons attached to it, flew above shark-infested waters to complete the stunt.
The around 6km trip took around an hour and was not short of drama as Vallance’s rig went through a time of uncontrollable lift, during which he reached 1000 meters. Vallance used a combination of a sharp stick and BB gun to descend and regain control.