Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART

In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!





Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and was bullied. Using my life-changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Two Oceans Marine , Ullman Sails and Italtile, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  

To save children’s lives by inspiring them to get better, to teach them a skill, to create a passion and to raise funds and awareness for the CHILDRENS HOSPITAL TRUST and the Red Cross Hospital ICU as well as awareness for The Little Optimist Trust and its beneficiary Charities ( Children’s Hospital Trust, NSRI, Sharkspotters etc)

Thank you from Reddam School

Once again – a huge thank you. It was amazing having you talk at our school. We are still looking at a way to get a donation towards your organisation and will keep in touch.

Thank you on behalf of St Joseph’s Home

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the opportunity you have given to our St Joseph’s Home boys last Saturday. Your team skills and sense of humour have made their first sailing experience very exciting and fun.

Generation School Talk review

Dear Greg, Here is a small review/reference: Thankyou Greg for visiting our school and inspiring the children.  The children were immediately captivated with your warmth and gentle way.  Your passion for life and hope can be felt by all and your message was...

Feedback on Cape Town DAS Conference

Dear Greg In the speed at which life passes us by, its fleeting moments that matter. Your presentation brought life in all its humility, strength, weakness and resilience and our audience loved it! Thank you for sharing your journey and passion with us. Marlene...

Some words of gratitude – making a difference

"I spoke to Gabe’s school teacher the following day and apparently your talk was absolutely amazing and Mrs Lock could not stop gushing about how inspirational and phenomenal the experience was." "Blessings to you and don’t stop what you are doing….you are touching...

Red Cross Thank You Letter

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School Talk At Rondebosch Boys Primary School

Dear Greg A big thank you for speaking to our boys on Tuesday. I thought that your presentation was excellent and your message is one that we can all reflect on and take to heart. I have received so much positive feedback from boys and staff. Cara, thank you too for...

Maryke From Two Oceans Aquarium | Great Optimist Race

Dear Greg, Cara and Amy   Wow – what a weekend! Huge big well done for literally keeping heads above water – it is rather rare that I get to see a team – in action – under stress – who all just keep smiling. But all for good reason as you pulled of a fantastic...

This Is Why We Do It | Lawhill Maritime Centre

Good afternoon Greg, We as Lawhill Maritime Centre would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the opportunity afforded to some of our student on Friday. It is through people like yourself that students find the courage to continue through the hard times and...