KARACHI: The 2,500 students of Dawood Public School and students from different government schools around Karachi gave a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Tracey Curtis-Taylor solo biplane pilot, when she visited the Dawood Public School this morning.
The students regard Tracey as an inspiration and were eager to meet her and Pakistan’s own national hero, Samina Baig, during her short visit to Karachi, Pakistan. As Tracey Curtis was visiting Pakistan for a short 2 day span on her 14 week long journey, the students dressed in traditional clothing representing all the provinces of the nation to give her a feel of Pakistan’s diversity. The energetic youngsters, some of whom were wearing fully constructed airplane models, put up a colorful dance performance for Tracey who was accompanied by Prince Nikolaos of Greece, combined with dhol music, upon their arrival and celebrated by not only speaking with her but by presenting her with tokens of appreciation and best wishes for her travels ahead.
The students kept the spirits high and the air was buzzing with electric excitement as not only Tracey Curtis spoke with them but Samina Baig, Pakistan’s very own symbol of women empowerment addressed them.
Interacting with the students at Dawood Public School Samina Baig said: “I am overjoyed to be standing here in front of all of you today and to have the chance to meet Tracey Curtis. I want each of you to know that you can make your mark in the world if you set your hearts and minds to it. Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving what you set out to do in your journey in life.”
Welcoming Tracey Curtis-Taylor and Samina Baig, Sabrina Dawood, CEO Dawood Foundation, said: “We are honored to have the opportunity to welcome Tracey and Samina at Dawood Public School and to have them interact with our students. These women are true symbols of women empowerment and representatives of what women can achieve in today’s world.”
Tracey Curtis-Taylor is a solo pilot recreating Amy Johnson’s – the first female pilot – flight in 1930 from Great Britain to Australia which astounded the world. Tracey will be covering a distance of 13,000 miles and will pass through 23 countries – including Pakistan – in a biplane on her journey. She will cover these countries in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft.
Engro Corporation’s Chairman, Hussain Dawood while addressing the students, Tracey Curtis and Samina Baig said: “Samina Baig and Tracey Curtis are an epitome of women empowerment. They are role models for females around the world. We are pleased to welcome them here today and wish them our support and the very best for their future journeys.”
Tracey’s flight is expected to take 12-14 weeks with her arrival in Sydney planned for early 2016. Her journey will take her across Europe and the Mediterranean to Jordan, over the Arabian Desert, across the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, through India and on to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia before crossing the Timor Sea to Australia. After her arrival in Sydney the plane will be shipped to America and flown across the United States to complete the world flight in 2016.