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Dancing for joy!

We were blessed to have the beautiful dance group from Mannenberg visit The Little Optimist to learn how to sail. They shared a dance with us before setting off to the Two Oceans Aquarium to learn more about ocean conservation...

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2023 CHRISTMAS

In December we held our annual Teddy Bear Drive which was a huge success! Thank you to the follow places that took the time to do collections: HIIT Fitness, Parklands KOM Surf Dario – Hout Bay Clifton LS Llandudno LS...

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Private Sailing Lesson for 2 Children

In our interconnected world, it’s fascinating to hear diverse perspectives from individuals hailing from different corners of the globe. Today, we have the pleasure of sharing insights from Dan, a visitor from the United States. “Hi Greg, Thank you for...

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Surfpop Partnership

We believe in forming partnerships with other NGO’s. Surfpop is a surf school focused on building a sustainable future for children and youth from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town. This group from Surfpop exchanged their surfboards for sails for a...

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Bonteheuwel Youth at Boatica Boat Show

The Bonteheuwel teenagers arrived nervously at the Boatica Boat show, V&A Waterfront, not sure what to expect. After learning how to sail at The Little Optimist stand, they strode out onto the jetty with confidence while viewing the different yachts...

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Herzlia Grade 8 Outing. 30 & 31 August

The energetic  Grade Eights had a jam-packed day filled with sailing, knot-tying challenges and a visit to the roller cade. Bad weather did not deter the festivities;  the second group of grade eights enjoyed The Little Optimist Documentary Movie with...

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Hooray for Heideveld! 15 July 2023

Fourteen very excited children arrived at The  Little Optimist Academy this Saturday for our Sailing Thru Life Programme. They learnt about water safety and situational awareness – how being aware of your surroundings can keep you safe, not only while...

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Astra Special School Visit 22 June 2023

The smiling faces of Astra Special School graced us with their presence on Thursday. Thanks to Coffee Importers, we warmed up with a nice cup of hot chocolate. The Little Optimist Academy is aligned with the school’s mission –   to...

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HIIT Fitness Bunnies

What has become a tradition, HIIT Fitness did an Easter Drive again this year – and as usual, their clients did not disappoint.They not only collected yummy Easter eggs, but also toiletries for the kids at the Heideveld Baptist Church...

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Remembering our HERO

RIP Terrance. We met young Terrance Maclaughlin in 2017 when he was just 10 years old.He had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy- a terrible, debilitating, terminal disease.But this boy had the biggest Heart.And Terrance became our Hero. He lost his ability to...

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Maitland Cottage Easter Hand out

On the 6th of April, The Little Optimist staff visited Maitland Cottage Orthopaedic Childrens Hospital to spread some Easter excitement. All the kids received Easter eggs, The Little Optimist Children’s book – in their home language, a medal for being...

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Heideveld Teens come to sail. 28 March

A group of teenagers from Heideveld finally had the chance to visit the academy with Reverent Vernon form Heideveld Baptist Church. Their visit  had to be postponed twice due to bad weather, but it was worth the wait! They were...

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Impact and what it is

The word IMPACT is used a lot. BUT what is IMPACT? and how can you impact AT RISK YOUTH? This is HOW! The Ocean Race visits The Little Optimist Sailing Therapy Academy- The Impact is tangible! Please come get involved, share, sponsor...

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Paying it forward

In 2021 we raised funds and helped Onwaba to have her legs straightened. Now that her journey is finished and she has had her last check-up, we are super pleased to announce that Onwaba is doing amazing and is set...

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Kids learn to sail

Kids LEARN TO SAILThese Easter HolidaysIt’s safe, it’s fun and it’s for charityKids 5 to 15 yearsGroups , parties and solo sailors from R100 per child.Booking essentialDetails below#learntosail #sailing #sailinglife #thelittleoptimist #holidays #easter #charity 

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Onwaba’s final checkup

In late 2021 little Onwaba, from Umtata, underwent a dual leg straightening operation. This brave little girl has been recovering well and has visited Cape Town 3 times for checkups since her surgery – in January and July 2022 and...

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OPTIMiS…t Prime

Greg Bertish is a man with a big heart. His story is inspiring and shows that resilience together with a positive mindset and an unfathomable amount of optimism you can achieve anything you put your mind to. He uses his...

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