A smaller event to the main annual September event, the Children’s Nav is about giving Children who’ve never flown or seen the Ocean the chance to experience it through the Spirit of Ubuntu and the heart of Aviation.
On the 20th of April, 15 Children and four Foster parents were flown to Margate by a group of pilots who answered the call of our children.
The flight was routed via Witbank for fuel direct to Margate, in the end six of the seven aircraft arrived at destination as scheduled while one diverted to Grand Central due to a toppled A/H, those children and nanny were flown to Durban by Kulula later on and re-joined the party that night.
On arrival Shaun at The Deck Restaurant very treated the children to Burgers and Milkshakes and a Jumping Castle to kick off the hospitality from numerous local helping hands in Margate.
The children were treated to their first sight and swim in the ocean and various fun activities, including go Karting, the crocodile farm, the butterfly farm and other crafts at the Earthworm Back Packers.
On the last night the Children were awarded certificates for their first flight and ocean visit, and they in turn awarded wings to the Pilots.
Cemair Airline very kindly assisted the event by flying 14 of the group home on Sunday due to technical issues with three of the Aircraft scheduled to fly.
A very special thank you to the numerous sponsors, the great pilots and most of all the Children who behaved so well and were a delight to host.
We are very pleased with the outcome and look forward to similar initiatives in the future. Now to prepare for the Childrens Flight 2018.
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Please support all the very generous sponsors of this event
Maranda van Dam, Fancy Incorporated, Event Kit Design and Manufacture
Inkspot - Printing Sponsorship
Ackerman’s Pharmacy - Kiddies Items
Flightline Weekly - Media Sponsorship
Cemair - B190 Flight, Facilitation Sponsorship
Margate Sports Academy - Initial Accomodation Sponsorship
Shaun Haycock - C206 Pilot, Event Kit Sponsor
Warwick Diesel - Transport in Margate Sponsor
Henri Westermann - Lancair Pilot, Standby Accomodation
Oom Nico Smith - C210 Pilot
Adrian Barry of WannaFly - 1000 liters of Avgas
Marcel Myburgh - Socata Rally Pilot
Tristan Brouard - Sling 4 Pilot, Standby Pilot
Oom Bennie du Plessis - Bonanza Pilot, Seat Sponsor
Cemair Crew - Schedule to Margate
Ana Luis - Germiston Children, Mega Sponsorship Organizer, Caps and Model Planes
Melissa Botha, Raising Aiden - Cupcakes
Acorn Foundation - Children and Affiliate Sponsorships
Jose Luis - Event Kits
Nella Luis - Drinking Water
Jorge Luis - Event Kits
Claudio Gaspari - Event Kits
Sue Smit - Acorn Foundation, Mega Sponsor Organizer
Paul McKibbin - West Rand Children
Nigel Musgrave - Safety Officer
Garth Calitz - Editor Of Flightline Weekly
Tziporah Henstock - Children from Jhb
Caylee Oosthuizen - Collection Of Caps, logistical support, lanyards and badges
Antya Roos - Initial Manager Of The Deck
The Deck - Lunch at the Airport
Clint from Kart Freaks - Go Karting
Roy and Debbie from Dolphins pub and grill- burgers at the go karting
Wafflehouse - Waffles for the Children
Earthworm Backpackers - Accomodation
Kart Freaks Trailer Hire - Fund Sponsorship
Blue Chip Flight School - Fund Sponsorship
Eagle Air - Mellisa Nel and Oom Percy Rudman’s Piper Cherokee
Raw Aviation - Mark Miller C206 discount and sponsorship of fund raising.
Trevor Williams - Rockwell Commander Pilot
Beatrix and David Gade - C206 Owners
Ralph Miskey - C206 Pilot
Handre Scheepers - C210 Pilot
Michael Ferguson - Paper Plane, Inspiration
Yehuda Gosher - Shirt Collection
Shirene Watson - Cemair Representative B190
Bianca from Urban Spoon - Catering
Delphine Lewis - Shaun Haycock C206 Sponsor
Brandon - Collection and Courier of Beach Bags, and Cooler Boxes
Christa - C&S Accounting-Margate Treats
Ravi Vansia - Cherokee Pilot
Domonique Dantú - Cherokee Pilot
Kerry Hoffmeyer - Tembisa Children
Justin - Standby Pilot
Mark - Standby Pilot
Daniel Hoffman - Ops
Bertus Wheeler - Flight Follower
Dino Padayachee - Langamed Emergency Response Vehicle at Witbank
Wesley Sampson - Flight Ops Cemair Margate
Vicky Karropoulos - Kiddies Towels
Mannie from Westpack Lifestyle - Kids Buckets and Spades
C&S Accounting- fishing nets and sweet packs
Erika’s Embroidery - Children’s Nav Beach Towels
Riverbend Crocodile Farm - Excursion
Margate Butterfly Farm - Excursion
Lawyer Duncan Rowe - Legal Team
Zirk van Zelm - Navajo Pilot