Combating ignorance of testicular cancer from the skies
(...by building & flying the world’s largest pair of bollocks).
Here’s FIVE REASONS why the world needs a hot air balloon shaped like a gigantic testicles right now:
1. The death of young men to testicular cancer can be prevented.
2. Ignorance & embarrassment are just two reasons this cancer causes any more trouble than it needs to. The way we can stop this is through awareness & confrontation.
3. A massive flying ballsack will be impossible to ignore. And hopefully chip away at the taboos still surrounding this nasty little cancer.
4. Our balloon will also have a lifespan & a cost efficiency that will outperform any other media initiative: It is reusable, easily transported globally and should last us at least 10 years.
5. It’s a massive pair of flying gonads!
So we are probably going to upset a few people along the way. Sorry about that ;-)
But 'SkyBalls' will give Male Cancer Awareness Campaign the ultimate awareness tool.
It is indisputable that early detection and early treatment are vital in this fight. 'SkyBalls' will be the worlds biggest awareness project and the main focus of the charity's testicular cancer awareness campaign.
Increasing awareness of testicular cancer is really important. And if one life gets saved because someone sees it and is inspired to start #JustCheckingForLumps then it will more than have repaid the amount of money we will have invested in getting this project off the ground.
£100k will allow us to design and build the balloon. PLUS it will cover the full operational / flying costs for its first year.
This enormous billboard in the sky has a lifespan of over a decade. It can, and will, travel across the world. And we hope it will deliver its vitally serious message from above in a way that will bring plenty of smiles and editorial coverage on the ground.
You can donate as little or as much as you want in most international currencies and we are operating a fixed funding structure so will only take the cash if the project gets fully funded.
If you need further convincing there are plenty of perks donated by some rather special friends of Male Cancer Awareness Campaign.
What We Believe
We believe that too many men die of prostate, bowel and testicular cancer because they do not know how to detect the symptoms in the early stages, when treatment would be more effective.
This ignorance is made worse by the prevailing ‘culture of embarrassment’, that discourages men from discussing and resolving problems related to intimate parts of their body.
What We Do
- Host awareness raising sessions at male oriented events, places of work and leisure, schools/colleges/universities and other public places.
- Raise the profile of our Charity in general via PR and marketing activities, using our characters. In addition, we may choose to support other Charities related to male cancers for specific campaigns..
How We Are Different
- We don’t do research as we believe that education is the key in the fight against male cancer.
- We come to you. We are out traveling the country raising awareness, because we believe that people are more likely to remember a message that they hear ‘live’, than one they read in a leaflet.
- We are about Cancer, but also about culture. In addition to providing specific information we also aim to reduce the general culture of embarrassment that surrounds men’s attitude towards their own health
- We are truly nationwide, we are active across the whole country not just in major cities.
- We raise awareness all year round as we believe this needs to be ongoing rather than confined to short campaigns.
- To increase awareness of how to detect the symptoms of cancer in the early stages
- To help build a culture where embarrassment does not prevent men from addressing problems with intimate parts of their bodies.
- No young men between the ages of 16-35 die of testicular cancer in the UK.
- Education on the early warning signs of male cancer becomes part of the national school curriculum.
- This is who we are and look forward to your support to ensure our core values are realised.