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:
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–
CHECK OUT THE TEASER VIDEO FROM OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL <— GREAT OPTIMIST RACE
= 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.
= 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 , 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.
AIM 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)