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James House

7 / 4/2021 IMIZAMO YETHU with James House and The Little Optimist Trust. Kids at Imizamo Yethu were so happy to receive easter eggs via the James House Easter hand out. Thanks to Simon and his SPAR Stores in Hout...

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A Place call Home

Hangberg – Hout Bay 2 April 2021 Theresa is “mother” to 50 small “semi abandoned” kids in the Hangberg Township of Hout Bay. These kids are clothed, fed and looked after by her and her team , as their parents...

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Bling & Chocolate for Bravery

Maitland Cottage Children’s Hospital  – 31 March 2021 The kids at Maitland Cottage Hospital were surprised with a visit from The Little Optimist Team  just before the Easter weekend. Each child got to enjoy The Little Optimist cartoon movie, and...

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Turn the Tide with Chocolate Eggs

1 April 2020 – Hout Bay Thanks to our amazing collection boxes manufactured by The Excellence Group we were able to collect over 2000 Easter Eggs in Hout Bay alone. The Little Optimist Trust placed Boxes at Oakhurst Kwik Spar...

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Bling for Bravery

Bling for Bravery is an initiative by Harfield Harriers Running Club in collaboration with the Little Optimist Trust; where we celebrate and reward the bravery of the orthopedic patients at Maitland Cottage, Red Cross and Tygerberg hospitals. And now with...

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James House Inspiration Day

On 2 February 2021,  Greg and the Little Optimist team of volunteers, Rafilwe and Gloria,  visited James House in Hout bay .   James house is a youth care facility that assists Orphans and vulnerable youth in the community. jameshouse.org.za...

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Little Brinks

LITTLE BRINKS Foster Home Visit NPO 176-343 26/02/21 On Friday the 26 February we visited Little Brinks NPO and Foster care facility. This little farmyard houses 6 young kids and supports another 20. These kids have very little and get...

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2021 Sailing Therapy

The Little Optimist Sailing Therapy Program is fun, educational and inspiring. We bring the sailing to the kids! At hospitals, schools or even a tidal pool. The program allows kids to experience a new skill where they are given the...

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Christmas Teddy Bear Drive

Thanks to the V&A  Waterfront promotion and our Crazy Store partnership our Teddy Bear Drive was  able to collect over 1000 Toys and Teddies. We ran a Christmas promotion in the V&A Waterfront from 10 to 24 December, and our...

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Teddy Bear Drive

Due to Covid we are unable to hold our annual event – Paddle for Presents. This event is the main drive to get teddies in for kids in hospital over Christmas. This year we ask that you still donate at...

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EPIC ROW COMPLETED

Bertie Phillips set out to row in the open ocean from Kommetjie to Bakoven all in the name for raising funds for The Little Optimist Trust and NSRI. On 17 September Bertie completed the row in 6 hours and arrived...

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Optimist sailors look on the bright side

Cape Town – For the past two years the by-invitation-only Great Optimist Race has been held in Cape Town, and has involved experienced sailors, celebrities and medical survivors sailing for charity and the work of the Little Optimist Trust. But...

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Bertie’s EPIC row

Bertie Philips, proud supporter of The Little Optimist Trust and NSRI, plans to row from Kommetjie to Bakoven via Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Sandy Bay and Llandudno all in the name of charity! The date is set for this...

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Working from home is the new reality.

Do you have some office furniture you would like to donate?  The Little Optimist is excited to bring OPTIMISM and HOPE to the youngsters in Cape Town! We are partnering with The Excellence Group, our project sponsor, to renovate and...

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Kidz2Kidz Anti-Bullying Workshops

As a kid I was shy, lacked self-esteem, was bullied,  and thought I would never amount to much.  I carried this burden and infliction with me well into adulthood, as many kids do. My lack of self-worth, negatively affected every...

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Support our Supporters

ITALTILE, proud sponsor of The Little Optimist Trust, presently have a number of fantastic promotions storewide. Now is the perfect time to turn your house into a home. Xpression on the Beach is your one stop SUP and Surf store,...

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Sailing Therapy

If you could see their faces …….. #sailingtherapy with #thelittleoptimisttrust is the most unique and beautiful experience to witness. Marginalized kids experiencing the wonders of the world , the wind , nature , adventure and skills development and feelings of belonging , accomplishment and...

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Mandela Day

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than by the way it treats its children.” Nelson MandelaIt’s MANDELA DAY on 18 July! Help us treat the children with a little gift in these tough times. FoR every...

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PADDLING 4 MANDELA & THE CHILDREN!

Let’s raise R67000 in honour of Mandela Day! Its gonna be Awesome! The Little Optimist has become a large part of our lives and we are super proud to be part of the Team! As sports photographers we don’t usually...

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CATalyst for doing good!

We LOVE being the CATalyst for doing good! This awesome (slightly angry looking) cat donated by @rogzwhq is on his way north. He has a bunch of toys and books donated by #africanfilmservices and @brinkushner with him for the children of #elandsbay , and he...

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Youth Day Book appeal

This YOUTH DAY… help us feed their minds. Support 2 children for R100.We will be delivering #thelittleoptimistbook and other educational children’s books and workbooks to marginalized kids and communities. PLEASE DONATE HERE and help us positively impact the children.R100 gets 2...

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Soup kitchen serving hundreds in the West Coast

These ladies and this SOUP KITCHEN served hundreds on the west coast each day. We are proud to be supporting them with food and vegetables we deliver each week. Dankie TIAAN en @laastedrif for all the donations of vegetables #covid19#coronavirus#covidrelief#vegitables#soupkitchen#communityfeeding#weskus#elandsbay#thelittleoptimisttrust@laastedrif@twooceansmarine@ullmansailssouthafrica@italtilesa

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School feeding

SCHOOL FEEDING …. #rice #maize #pilchards #lentils #bullybeaf and lots of #vegitables FOR THE CHILDREN at the #elandsbay school feeding program.Thanks #laastedrifboerdery and farmer TIAAN for all the veg, thanks @karacombrinck , Maneer Heyns, Ms Booysen and thanks @9milesproject for all...

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Food Delivery in Ebay

FOOD DELIVERY to the soup kitchen in #elandsbay Thanks to #laastedrif farm and farmer TIAAN, to @karacombrinck and to @9milesproject for organizing all the other food supplies. YEEEHA! @twooceansmarine@ullmansailssouthafrica@italtilesa#covid19#coronavirus#covidrelief#soupkitchen#donation#communityrelief#youthdevelopment#thelittleoptimisttrust@sailoptimist@sailoptimist@woeskus_magazine@weslander_koerant@deonbinglive@zigzagsurf@wavescapesa@captainkaisworld@52superseries@superyachtradio

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Stay Safe with our guide

The Little Optimist collaborated with partners in the Netherlands and with Professor Pierre Goussard from Tygerberg Hospital to produce and distribute easy to read and understand Corona Virus Information Sheets. The brochures are available in 8 languages and can be shared far...

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Optimism during the COVID-19

Please click here to be directed to the main newsletter by The Little Optimist Team   Surfers rally to help coastal town residents Surfers and charities have joined forces to ensure that struggling families of a famous Western Cape surfing town won’t...

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The Bertish Factor

What is it about these Bertish brothers? They spend half their lives trying to kill themselves and the other half saving the world. Or so it seems to us lesser mortals who do not ride monstrous waves or paddle across...

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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. Greg Bertish – founder –...

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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 a hero and believing in...

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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 VALUE R4 565 866) achieved! ...

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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 new toy, to hear a...

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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 week, in appreciation for the...

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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 charity addressing the stigma around...

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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 @rcycsailingacademy @zeekoevleiyc @gregbertish @littleoptimist

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