Check out the article published by The South African on our Paddle 4 Presents event!

Article by: The South African.

All on board for a charitable Christmas.

Christmas will be coming a little early for the young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, thanks to the ‘Paddle for Presents’ event held on 29 November in Cape Town.



The annual event, which was started six years ago by well-known Little Optimist charity campaigner Greg Bertish, saw stand-up paddleboarders of all shapes and sizes (and a few brave furry friends) take to the canals of the Waterfront. All participants brought along a soft toy, toiletries and stationery to donate.

This year, almost 500 toys were collected for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and additional funds were raised for charity.


Image courtesy of Barend Buys


“It’s all about having fun while doing good,” says Bertish. “Collecting and donating fluffy toys for sick kids in hospital just makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside.”