Ukraine war: Mum Worthing’s love balloon inspired German family’s fundraiser to support refugees

When Chenelle and Clay Mayger sent a red heart-shaped balloon into the skies of Worthing, they hoped to share a message of love with the world.

Only one day passed when the couple, with two young children – aged one and seven months – received a message via Whatsapp from a family in Germany.

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They had found the note and were inspired to help raise money for refugees trying to flee the ongoing war in Ukraine.

German siblings Anna, Georg and Sophia pictured with the red heart-shaped balloon sent from Worthing.

Chenelle, 32, said: “I sent the ball out with the intention of spreading some love.

“We thought it would be nice to know how far he would go. We weren’t expecting much. We thought he might get stuck in a tree at the end of the road.

“We learned a day later that a family had found the ball in Germany. It was completely shocking.”

Chenelle and Clay Mayger (pictured with their children Tyger and Roman) sent a red heart-shaped balloon into the sky in Worthing, they hoped to share a message of love with the world

The ball was found by the Weig family from Waldthurn.

According to an article in the German newspaper Onetz, the note got stuck in a tree in Frankenrieth. He was spotted by Anna, eight, her brother Georg, six, and their younger sister Sophia, four, on their way home from football practice.

With the help of their parents, Stefanie and Stefan, they recovered the ball and translated the text.

It read: “To anyone who finds this symbol of love. We promote love all over the world… Please send confirmation that our love has returned and indicate where it was found, if possible.”

With the help of their parents, Stefanie and Stefan, the children retrieved the ball and translated the message.

Chenelle and Clay’s ball made its way to Germany after just one day. The wind pushed the ball 1,150 kilometers from England north of the Upper Palatinate.

Chenelle added: “We never imagined it would come this far in one day and find a family so similar to ours wanting to continue the chain of love and raise funds for such a worthy and needy cause at this time. horrible.”

The Onetz article said the story showed what “international understanding and friendship can look like today.”

Ms Weig will release ‘peace balloons’ into the skies of Waldthurn tomorrow (Friday March 4).

Chenelle and Clay’s ball made its way to Germany after just one day. The wind pushed the ball 1,150 kilometers from England north of the Upper Palatinate.

As quoted in the German article, she said, “Come everyone and let’s put up a sign for love, peace, justice and against war.”

Only donations for Ukraine are requested. All proceeds from donations, sausages and drink sales of the “joint action for peace” will go to the German Red Cross to be forwarded to Ukraine.

Chenelle plans to launch her own fundraising campaign to support refugees in Ukraine.

She will reveal more details in due course.

In the meantime, his family will continue to support his new friends in Germany.

“We will definitely keep in touch,” Chenelle said.