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Let’s Optimise Special Needs Bathrooms!

Funds Raised:
R 45 540
Fundraising Target:
R 70 000
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In April 2016, Greg Bertish sailed an 8-foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms. 

His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital fighting life-threatening heart infections as a result of his Endocarditis diagnosis.

With this life-changing adventure, Greg founded the Little Optimist Trust, and penned a children’s book about a little believer with a HUGE heart, hoping to teach kids that being small, sick, poor or different is OK. And prove that they too can survive and thrive, get better, be better and follow their passions and dreams.

In line with their humble quest, the Little Optimist Trust has partnered with Astra School, in Montana, Cape Town, a school for 300 physically and mentally disabled learners between the age of 5 and 18. 

In urgent need of an upgrade and beautification to the school’s hostel, particularly their bathrooms, which are home to 45 students, the Little Optimist Trust has launched this crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy!

Reaching out for much-needed public support, we hope to raise R65 000 to launch phase 1 of the project that will be used to renovate 2 bathrooms and purchase the building materials needed to make the magic happen.

At the moment the showers are not in working order which makes bathing for children in wheelchairs incredibly difficult. Once the showers have been fixed, the children will have the freedom to shower while seated.

In collaboration with Italtile Ceramics and Italtile Foundation we have thus far raised over R100 000 to start our project, as well as received over tiles, baths and basins to the value of R133 000 from Italtile stores across the country. 

With additional support, we are optimistic that we will get all hands on deck to start our project in October 2022.

We hope that you will join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of these wonderful children, by providing them with the facilities and opportunities that so many of our children take for granted. 

We know that like the Little Optimist, these children will be encouraged to believe in themselves, and find a place in society where they belong.

 “I may be slow and I may be small.

 I do look different, and often I fall.

 But I am special and I have heart.

 My dreams are ALSO big- I just need a start.”

*All donated funds will be paid into The Little Optimist Trust account which will then be paid to contractors for building materials. All donors can receive a section 18 A certificate on request. 

Donations

  • Sep 19, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Paint a brighter future" - Together

  • Sep 09, 2022 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Aadam sent us a message and we would gladly like to chip in. Good luck !!" - BSC Plumbing

  • Sep 09, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "Wishing you all the best with the iniuative. " - AMF

  • Sep 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • Sep 05, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "For bathroom reno. Loved the talk on Cape Talk Radio" - Ann Smith

  • Sep 04, 2022 - R 3 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Inspiring work Greg and team!!!" - Kerré Steward

  • Sep 03, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Greg " - Jenny Dean

  • Sep 03, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Greg, Congratulations for making a difference In these children's lives. You truly are an inspiration. Love Carla Geyser from Blue Sky Society Trust " - Carla Geyser

  • Sep 01, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you Greg" - Jane Baines

  • Sep 01, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Thank you Cape Talk for sharing this " - Deborah Coetzee

  • Sep 01, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Greg Bertish, South Africa needs more people like you. Thank you for all you do for people in need. We cried listening to you too." - Pulse Crew

  • Aug 31, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Tears in my eyes listening to you chat to Amy on Cape Talk. Thank you for all you do for these children my friend. Love Charl xxx" - Charlene

  • Aug 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • Aug 31, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Greg, incredible work you are doing, wish we could do more." - John Henshilwood

  • Aug 31, 2022 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Keep up the great work Greg and Team!" - James Thomson

  • Aug 30, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "May God grant you not the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind" - The Sweetpeas

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Such a special cause" - Jessica Estcourt

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "Great cause, pleasure to assist" - The Baking Tin

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "What great work you're doing!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Good work!" - Alistair

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Greg you are their angel" - Lorna

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 5 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Awesome initiative" - Gavin van der Merwe

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Grateful to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause" - Anonymous

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Thanks Gregg " - Maura Sanderoff

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck with the project, you’re doing such awesome work!" - Juliet

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "A small donation to help you do these amazing things for these children, thank you" - Thomas

  • Aug 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All of the best!" - Anneli

  • Aug 28, 2022 - USD $ 11.84
  • "This will make such a big difference in their lives" - Ilse Botman

  • Aug 22, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "A small drop in the ocean..." - Anonymous

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Fundraising target

R 70 000.00

Donations to date

R 45 539.94
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The Little Optimist Trust's mission is to offer hope and inspiration to marginalised kids, to help them SURVIVE and THRIVE.

Our main beneficiaries are vulnerable children, be they marginalized economically or have compromised health.