OHS Recovery and Surfing

Hi Greg, Just had OHS to stick in an artificial aortic valve….  I found your website and I love your attitude so I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I’m 51 and a keen kitesurfer, surfer and climber.. 3 weeks post op, I feel my energy returning, I’ve...

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Grateful for HIIT donation

Dear Little Optimist Team Anisha and her family are overwhelmed by the generosity of the HIIT fitness gym team. They send their grateful thanks. This is a fantastic donation and will really encourage her to work hard. Thank you to the Little Optimist Trust for all the...

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Langebaan Primary School – book review

As I read this beautiful illustrated book I had goosebumps as I followed the journey and challenges of the little Optimist. Our children will be enthralled by this creative book and I am convinced it will inspire even the weakest learner to persevere. Thank you so...

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Thank you – Topolino Pre Primary School

23 July 2019 Dear Greg On behalf of  Topolino Pre-Primary at Pikkieland I would like to extend a special word of thanks for the book you so kindly donated to the school.  I personally have read the book and can assure you ‘The Little Optimist, by Greg...

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Sumbawa on warfarin

Hi Greg, Hope you had a great trip to Sumbawa and scored some more amazing waves!  Your email was exactly what I needed prior to my surgery.  I’m 8 days post-op and feeling great.  I’m still in Cleveland, Ohio, but can’t wait to get back to San Diego to my normal...

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Little Optimist receives international charity award

Dutch exhibition group METSTRADE has chosen Cape Town charity campaigner Greg Bertish and his team at the Little Optimist Trust as the 2019 recipient of the DAME global charity award. Each year METSTRADE, the world’s largest leisure marine equipment show, awards the...

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How sailing helps navigate life

Published on March 26th, 2019 by Lea Maxwell, thriveglobal.com When I signed up for sailing school at the age of 43, I had never been on a sailboat. I agreed to do it because the boy I was dating wanted me to. Typical. But I secretly dreaded it. It isn’t that I don’t...

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A Man With Heart | The Greg Bertish Story

Greg Bertish is well-known for his passion and determination to help and support children who are experiencing tough times in hospital by bringing a little cheer back into their lives. His story is an inspiring one. The latest issue of Sail + Leisure magazine features...

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YOUR EGGS & THEIR MEDALS!

YOUR EGGS & THEIR MEDALS! Harfield Harriers Running Club  and the Little Optimist Trust will be awarding the kids at Maitland Cottage Hospital with Medals, Easter eggs and books on 17th of April 2019. These kids need SMILES for MILES and MEDALS for bravery!...

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Making Waves by Anna Trapido

Having survived multiple heart surgeries, Cape Town-based surfer Greg Bertish was inspired to spread the power of positive thinking among SA’s youth through his organisation, The Little Optimist.

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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...

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THE LITTLE OPTIMISTS EAST COAST FUNDRAISER TOUR

All proceeds to NSRI and The Little optimist Trust The Little Optimist will be traveling up the East Coast spreading Love, Joy and Hope and raising funds for NSRI and The Little Optimist Trust. The tour begins in Plett on the 5th March , PE 6th, Port Alfred 7th,...

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A Man With Heart | Sail & Leisure

Article by Sail and Leisure. A Man With Heart | The Greg Bertish Story Greg Bertish is well-known for his passion and determination to help and support children who are experiencing tough times in hospital by bringing a little cheer back into their lives. His story is...

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