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Sailing Academy Opening

On the 10th of March 2020 we officially opened The Little Optimist Sailing Academy. Kids from St Joseph’s Children’s Home took part in sailing therapy while sponsors and friends joined us for this momentous occasion....

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Maitland Movie Night

INSPIRATION | MOVIE | PIZZA | HOT CHOCOLATE The children at Maitland Cottage Orthopedic Hospital were treated to an evening filled with spoils and inspiration!   Caleb Swanepoel, amputee, spoke to the kids about being...

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PR Value The Little Optimist 2019

WOW The Little Optimist outdid itself this year – please see the link to the Newsclip report below. An AVE of R1 521 955, 56 in media coverage for the 2019 Little Optimist Race! (PR...

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Thank you Bertish brothers

Dear Bertish Brothers Thank you so much for your delightful donation of Christmas gifts. Your donation was greatly appreciated and what a treat for our patients who are so grateful and pleased to be given a...

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Sponsors join forces to save teaching centre

In April 2019, Umthawelanga Educare in Mfuleni was on the brink of closure because of health and safety concerns. But thanks to an intervention from The Little Optimist Trust, the revamped school was re-opened on...

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Greg visits Joe Public in Amsterdam

To the Little Optimist Trust Team Huge thanks to Greg Bertish, who visited us at our Advertising Agency in Amsterdam in November this year. We will be making a  nice donation to the Trust this...

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South Africans paddle to bring some Christmas cheer

Christmas will be a little more cheerful for the patients at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital after the annual Paddle 4 Presents event collected almost 300 toys that will be donated to the institution. More than 60...

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Greg on the loose in Amsterdam!

Greg Bertish, founder and Ambassador of The Little Optimist Trust was honoured to receive the DAME Charity Award at the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam last week. The Trust is joint winner with Sailing4handicaps, a...

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Dame Awards – That’s what we do!

THATS WHAT WE DO! Thank you @metstrade @raiamsterdam and @dameawards Thank you @twooceansmarine @ullman_sails @italtilesa You have helped us make a difference! And for that we are eternally grateful!  #amsterdam #capetown #southafrica #thelittleoptimist @optimists_extreme @sailoptimist @sailleisure @sailingcentral @southafricansailing @sailingmagazine...

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Thank you from Reddam School

Once again – a huge thank you. It was amazing having you talk at our school. We are still looking at a way to get a donation towards your organisation and will keep in touch.

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Smooth sailing at the Optimist Sailing Academy

At The Little Optimist Trust we are passionate about sailing therapy and our presence at The Cape Town International Boat Show was another opportunity for us to bring kids down to the water and get...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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