By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- June 12th, teams of the twenty teenagers will pilot and charter a course that will out across several African countries spreading the key messages of an African narratives that started as a dream.
Teen Pilot, author and motivational speaker Megan Werner (17) from Krugersdorp, Johannesburg sparked by her passion to inspire and founded the U Dream Global Foundation to uplift, empower equip and transport the lives of thousands of youths throughout Africa and the world. She hopes to inspire them by encouraging their dreams to achieve the impossible as well as succeeding beyond expectations.
Following final inspections and flight certifications, Megan and various team co-pilots are now set to fly the light aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo, charting a course across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea to Egypt and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.
Voluntary support for logistical aspects of the flight is being provided by CFS Execute Jet, World fuel and Mike Blyth, Founder of the Airplane Factory the enterprise that designed and built the original sling plane series. The prototype of the Sling 4 was chosen because this type has already been flown twice around the world.
Using specially modified, self-made drones, the challenge will be documented on video as some of the teenagers fly alongside adult supervisors who will use a second Sling-4 aircraft for support to monitor proceedings.
To raise funds to cover the costs of fuel, accommodation, crew support, commercial flights, branding and documentation of the trip, the team hopes to raise a total R350,000 through a campaign launched on the donation-based crowd funding platform, BackaBuddy.
1:00 United States Dollar = 14:60 South African Rand
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent