Helicopter ride and fairy tea party for little Anika (6)

2016-04-20 06:00
Ready to take to the clouds is Anika Jordaan with pilot Tyla O’Brien.          PhotoS:MORNÉ DU RANDT

Ready to take to the clouds is Anika Jordaan with pilot Tyla O’Brien. PhotoS:MORNÉ DU RANDT

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A DREAM to have a fairy tea party and fly in a helicopter, finally came true for 6-year-old Anika Jordaan from Uitenhage last week.

Anika, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in February this year, was given her dream flight and fairy garden from reach for a dream, an organisation that brings hope to sick children through lifetime experiences, despite the battles and hurdles they face on a daily basis.

On arrival at Top Deck in Kragga Kamma, Anika and five of her friends were welcomed by two fairies from Majestic Princesses, enchanted to a fairy garden, and pampered like the princesses they are.

“It was fun,” said Anika, who could barely contain her excitement. “I loved spending time with my friends, as I haven’t seen them for a long while now and I really enjoyed the helicopter ride too. Her mother, Alfreda Jordaan, described the experience as a day Anika will never forget. “She was very excited when she woke up this morning and as a parent, it just brings joy to my heart to see her so happy.

Jordaan said her daughter was completely healthy and the illness came as a shock to her and Anika’s father Archie. “When we were told about the illness, the feeling was indescribable, it was all new to us and we basically had to do plenty of research surrounding her illness, said Jordaan. “She’s been hospitalised since February so we’re grateful for the fact that Anika now knows that dreams can come true,” she said.

At Aptrac Aviation, a helicopter flight school in Port Elizabeth, Anika’s parents and friends had assembled to see the little girl step into the helicopter. With the pilot
Tyla O’Brien, Anika went for a helicopter ride around the Bay, and finally saw the city of Port Elizabeth from a bird’s eye view.

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