Taking the children’s dreams to the sky – A Mandela Day Initiative
The Children’s Flight’s origins lie in a music video called ‘Paper Plane’, which is essentially about a child with a Dream to fly, but on a deeper level it’s about anyone with a dream.
ER24 was the medical provider, and one of the sponsors, that joined on the day.
Pilots from all across the country flew to Grand Central Airport in Midrand for one purpose, to take a child’s dreams into the sky!
Over 30 aircraft of various shapes and sizes landed on the busy runway in the early hours of the morning. Rotor wing aircraft, ranging from the Robinson R44 to the larger Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 fixed wing, lined the runway as the children gathered in one of the prepared hangers.
Children of all ages from Nazareth House, St Vincent, Gracia Child and Youth Centre and Loerie Jeugsentrum spent the whole morning flying on various aircraft following a planned circuit around the airport.
After every child experienced the thrills of flight, an aerobatic demonstration as well as a parachute drop took place, making the smiles on the little faces grow even bigger.
“We wanted to bring home aviation to the children, to promote the idea that anyone can be whatever they dream of being… That you can literally ‘take that paper plane to your destiny’…. one day if even one of these kids goes for their dream, then this day may have played a role in that” said Felix Gosher, event organiser.
Judging by the smiles on all the faces, an amazing day was had by all.