Hailing from Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape, 100-year-old Emily Sakulwa always dreamed of flying. This week, her dream came true!
Kulula.com heard about Emily’s dream after Zethu Msindo (one of Emily’s grandchildren) called in to a radio station to share her grandmother’s dream.
“We overhead a discussion on talk radio that Emily has always dreamt of flying. That conversation was around the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and we decided to celebrate the life of both Mr Mandela and Emily by helping her take to the sky for the first time,” said Luane Lavery, Brand Communications Manager for kulula.com.
Emily flew from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town to visit her children.
“I am so excited for her and seeing the great welcome that was arranged for her at the airport made me happy and so emotional,” Zethu said.
Speaking about her first flying experience, Emily was overwhelmed, but in good spirits. “Today I feel like a true celebrity,” she said, thanking kulula for the flight and adding that she was looking forward to seeing her children. “Enkosi kakhulu,” she beamed.