For many the first flight experience is one of the most exciting adventures in life.
Thanks to corporate social responsibility initiative by local and foreign aviation stakeholders dubbed the ‘sky is the limit’, 18 underprivileged children from different parts of the country got a rare treat as they got a return flight from the capital city Harare to Africa’s adventure capital Victoria Falls in a move meant to expose them to the aviation industry.
Oil firm Puma Energy in partnership with Civil Aviation of Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Fastjet Zimbabwe, Redan Coupon and Love for Africa rolled out the ‘sky is the limit’ initiative meant to expose underprivileged children to the world of aviation and to inspire them to dream big.
The 18 underprivileged children from four different schools were the first beneficiaries under the initiative which will be taken to several African countries.
The young ones could not hide they joy as they arrived at Victoria Falls International Airport which is the gateway to the majestic waterfall.
The sky is the limit project partners said they are proud to be part of the initiative meant to arouse the interest in the aviation industry among the young people and in the process challenge the children to dream big.
“These children might not have had this opportunity to come to Victoria Falls or late alone be exposed to the multiple jobs in the aviation industry. Our intention is to make it an annual event and it might change its format,” said one of the project partners.
Apart from touring the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport, the children also had a chance to visit the legendary waterfall in the world, the Victoria Falls.
The children were drawn from four schools namely Copota School of the Blind, St Marcellin, Hilbre Primary School and Mandalay School.
The young ones and their teachers who described the event as an eye opener commended Puma Energy and its partners for the initiative, adding that they are ready to play a part towards the realisation of a vibrant aviation industry on the continent in future.
“We are grateful to CAAZ and Puma Energy. We have learnt quite a lot and we hope to do some of the jobs we got exposed to in the aviation industry today,” said one of the children.
According to author Lailah Akita, “the pursuit of our dreams is not without any difficulty. Those who triumph have leant to overcome the difficulty.”
In line with the corporate social responsibility’s theme, ‘the sky is the limit’, one hopes that the children will be inspired by the rare event and that they will dare to dream big.