South African shark-attack survivor sails to victory

South African shark-attack survivor sails to victory

Shark-attack survivor Caleb Swanepoel showed disability is no match for determination when he claimed the Great Optimist Race winner title for the second year in a row at the V&A Waterfront this Saturday. The Stellenbosch University student, who has a prosthetic...

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Bertish inspires little sailors

Bertish inspires little sailors

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April. Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the...

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Celebs to hit the high seas for local good causes

Celebs to hit the high seas for local good causes

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson is one of the celebrities taking part in this year's Great Optimist Race in Cape Town. Dozens of celebrities and medical survivors will be taking to the high seas later this month for the annual Great Optimist Race in Cape Town. The competitors...

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On the right tack by People’s Post

On the right tack by People’s Post

Youngsters took part in a sailing therapy day held at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club. Sailing experts were on hand to show them the ropes. Children who participated hailed from various homes and community and non-profit organisations, including St Joseph’s Home, Reach for a...

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South African kids shown the ropes at sailing therapy day

South African kids shown the ropes at sailing therapy day

Children from a variety of Cape Town charity groups experienced the joy of sailing for the first time at the Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club this weekend. Reach for a Dream, St Joseph’s Home and the 9 Miles Project were three of the children’s groups that participated in The...

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Thank you on behalf of St Joseph’s Home

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.

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Generation School Talk review

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...

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Optimist Sailing SA team

Optimist Sailing SA team

Well done Optimist Sailing SA team keep up the good work! Well done Sean Kavanagh who came in 4th place - we are so proud. Follow the link toe todays results http://2019africans.optiworld.org/…/d…/races/race-resultsall

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Getting ready for The Great Optimist Race

Getting ready for The Great Optimist Race

We are getting ready and ship shape for #thegreatoptimistrace 2019. Huge prep and boat fixing and beautifying being done by our amazing experts @johnhishin @drumbeatphotography @capetownsportphotography Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club Massive thanks...

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Thank you for the books!

Thank you for the books!

Thank you so much for the books! The children enjoyed the time spent with Greg and JP on Monday and we started distributing the other books to our reading clubs in the community. Some of the children have never owned their own book and its such an important part of...

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Feedback on Cape Town DAS Conference

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...

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Story Telling

Story Telling

Storytelling is what we do .... thank you. Surfer and sailor, Greg Bertish wrote a children's book "The Little Optimist" about a little believer (a dinghy) with a big and courageous heart. He hoped it would teach children that being small, sick, poor or different was...

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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

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

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

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

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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