Puttinu Cares celebrates with pigeons and bubbles instead of balloons
The traditional mass release of balloons was missing for the first time ever at the inauguration of the recent 14th edition of the Puttinu Cares Football Marathon at the Marsa Sports Grounds.
Following an appeal by several students from Eco-Schools in Malta the Puttinu Cares Animation Team heeded the call to stop balloon releases due to the threat they cause to wildlife. It is also a misconception that biodegradable balloons are a viable alternative as besides the harm done by strings attached to such balloons they may take several years to completely disintegrate.
Instead, the team contacted the Malta Federation of Racing Pigeon Clubs and hundreds of pigeons were released during the launch ceremony, creating a marvellous spectacle for the hundreds of children from several schools and guests present for the launch ceremony. Two soap bubble machines were also rented to add to the magical atmosphere.