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New Staff

We are proud to introduce our new staff members on the YES program – sponsored by Laurium Capital This is the second year Laurium Capital has sponsored staff to The Little Optimist via the YES program. We look forward to...

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Laureus Sports for Good – Incubation Hub

The Little Optimist Academy & Trust is honoured to have been selected as one of the Laureus Sports for Good Incubation Hub delegates. This is a platform for collaboration, growth, learning and development as a non-profit organisation using sports as...

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Cape Town Adventure Film Festival

On opening night – 12 April, documentary – OPTIMIST – was screened along with 2 other films. Academy Award winning Director Pippa Ehrlich (My Octopus Teacher), filmmaker and storyteller Bryan Little, local documentary filmmaker Dean Leslie along with our Founder...

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Josh takes 2nd place!

Congratulations to Josh September, Senior sailing Instructor, who placed 2nd in Western Cape Sailing Champs. Josh has been a part of The Little Optimist team for a few years and is a mentor and ambassador to the kids at our...

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Sailing Champs

Sailing managers, Amir and Shane and Sailing Instructor, Renton, took part in the Western Cape Sailing Champs over the Easter Weekend, 2 of which placed 1st and 3rd !! We are super proud of our Teams achievements!

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Astra Bathroom Reveal

In 2022 and 2023, The Little Optimist Trust, with the generous donations of product and funding from Italtile and Italtile Ceramics, renovated and refurbished the Dormitory bathrooms at Astra Special School. The kids that call Astra home now have beautiful,...

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Greg Inspires the 2waysystems Team

Hi Greg, A heartfelt thanks from myself and the team. Your talk was fantastic and certainly opened everyone’s eyes to the meaning of charity, grit and life purpose. We live such busy lives and we work exceptionally hard, so to...

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Oranjekloof Primary: 5 & 6 March

Sparkling on the water, laughter echoing across the docks, today’s kids sailing programme was a pure bust of joy! From watching the little ones conquer the first fear of being in the water to them actually sailing the boats for...

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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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