This Mandela Day initiative held at Grand Central Airport on Friday, 6 September 2019, aimed to give back to the children of South Africa, allowing them a taste of the experience of flying for a day!
The event was to open children’s eyes, minds and hearts. Everything is possible, regardless of ability, race, creed, colour. To give the children hope and wings to fly high. An opportunity to see the bigger picture. An amazing opportunity to fly in an aircraft, to experience the freedom and opportunity so many have never even dreamt about.
Unity College’s Junior phase learners were spoiled at the flight experience. They received yummy food, a goodie bag with a free lunch box and burger to take home. The weather wasn’t too great so unfortunately we only got to experience the helicopters. The smaller aircrafts had to remain grounded.
All the children who attended got their wings badge. Such an honour and privilege to be part of an amazing initiative. Fly high!
Felix Gosher, founder of The Children’s Flight initiative, was a difficult child; with a personality disorder, suspected bipolar, immature, etc. and came from nothing. His parents left him with R1000 and went to England. He was brought up by his friend’s parents. He had only one passion which was to be a pilot. He worked hard, scrubbing toilets, serving food at old age homes and caring for the elderly. Pretending to know how to take a gym class landed him on cruise ships being in charge of entertainment, then once in Canada, he lived illegally in the air craft hangar without a cent or a toothbrush or change of undies to his name. Fast forward and Felix has acquired his flying licence, had built his flying hours, has flown aircraft all over Africa, and to this day is a very well respected pilot.
By Sandra Tunbridge and Kay Smith