Woman Selling Biscuits To Raise Money For Her Niece To Become A Pilot
By Parker Diakite
A woman in Atteridgeville, South Africa is capturing the hearts of people around the world as she turns to baking biscuits and scones to raise money for her niece to achieve her dream of becoming a pilot.
In a series of posts on Facebook, Doris Temba is using the slogan “a journey of a thousand miles starts with your support” to help her niece Tshepang Ralehoko, who she considers her own daughter, with her dreams.
“From the age of four she had a passion for flying,” Temba told News 24, adding that helping her “was not an option.”
Temba is baking and selling the buckets of biscuits and scones to raise 100,000 South African Rand, which is equivalent to approximately $6,700. The money will be used to help Tshepang obtain her private pilot’s license and commercial pilot license.
In South Africa, 60,000 Rand is needed to complete a private pilot’s license and another 250,000 Rand is needed for a commercial pilot’s license.
“It’s really expensive,” said Tshepang. “Very few South Africans in general, regardless of color, will be able to afford something like that. That’s why I’m trying to start the drive to get more youth involved.”
She said that she is “very grateful” for her aunt and mom, Lulu, who are both taking financing her education in their hands by baking.
Tshepang told News 24 that her ultimate goal is to see more African and female pilots in the cockpit.
“I’m not doing this just for myself. I’m trying to create the drive to fund other people in the future that are also black and female.”
Learn more about Tshepanh’s Pilot Cause by clicking here.