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Balloon flight for charity


ROBBEN ISLAND, South Africa - A South African man took a daredevil flight to raise money for one of former President Nelson Mandela's charities.

Matt Silver-Vallance, an adventurer and company manager, strapped into a harness under helium balloons and floated up from Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of 27 years as a prisoner of apartheid.

After popping some of the balloons that kept him in the air, Silver-Vallance landed safely in a support boat just off the cape town coastline.

The goal was to raise one-million dollars for the Nelson Mandela children's fund to help build a children's hospital in Johannesburg named after Mandela.

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