South Africans paddle to bring some Christmas cheer

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 paddlers, ranging in age from four to 74, filled the canals of Battery Park at the Waterfront this Thursday as part of the charity event. Paddle 4 Presents was started in 2012 by Greg Bertish, a former Springbok Stand-Up paddler, and founder of the Little Optimist Trust.

This year’s paddle event

This year’s event was hosted by The Little Optimist Trust in collaboration with SUP Cape Town and The Friends of the Children Association. 

Over 265 soft toys were collected for the children at Red Cross Children’s Hospital for Christmas, and more than R6000 was raised for the Friends of the Children Association and The Little Optimist Trust.

The toys will be delivered to The Kids of the Red Cross Hospital at the Christmas Parade on December 12.


And thanks to sponsors RYD, Xpression, Signature and Ullman Sails, almost half the competitors won prizes in the lucky draws.

How you can get involved

There is still time for you to add to the donations. If you are interested in donating either funds or toys, please visit

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