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Monwa - Little Optimist Race

Monwa - Little Optimist Race

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Sponsor Monwa in the Great Optimist Boat Race!

Many of you will know Monwabisi (Monwa) Sikweyiya, the original shark spotter who joined the program when it started in 2004. He has been with the Shark Spotters for 14 years and moved up the ranks to be the Senior Field Manager, and all-round nice guy in the program! 

Monwa is joining Shark Spotters founder Greg Bertish in the Great Optimist Boat Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show to raise funds for Shark Spotters and the Little Optimist Trust, an NPO that helps sick and needy kids overcome the challenges they face on their road to recovery. 

Having never sailed before, Monwa will be squeezing into a tiny Optimist dingy and racing against celebrities, charities and medical survivors on 20 October and he needs your help to do it!

Please sponsor Monwa and help him reach his R50,000 target which will be split between Shark Spotters and the Little Optimist Trust.

All donations qualify for Section 18a tax benefits – email [email protected] for more details.


About the race:

Up to 40 Little Optimists will navigate the waters around the V&A Waterfront on 20 October, at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm. Funds raised at the event will go to the Little Optimist Trust as well as the other charities participating in the race, such as Shark Spotters, the NSRI and the Newborns Trust. The participating boats will be used by a sailing academy for underprivileged children to be set up by Bertish after the race.

Skippers taking part in The Great Optimist Race started learning the ropes at a special training day on 6 October at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club. For many, this was the first time in an Optimist and the likes of singer Arno Carstens, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen and Shark Spotter Monwabisi Sikweyiya were let loose on the lake to test their new-found skills.

Greg will also be hosting sailing lessons for development children from underprivileged backgrounds at the Cape Town International Boat Show. 

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish hopes that the race will inspire others, and particularly help provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.


  • Oct 24, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Nice one Monwa!!" - Dave van B

  • Oct 20, 2018 - R 1 200.00
  • "Monwa and the shark spotters rock!" - Shark Explorers

  • Oct 17, 2018 - R 2 000.00
  • "GO Go GO Monwa!!! See you on the water from your shark and fishy friends @ Two Oceans Aquarium" - Two Oceans Aquarium

  • Oct 15, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "Give it horns Monwa! What a great cause. " - Alison Kock

  • Oct 13, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Fly high" - Boynton fam

  • Oct 12, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Monwa. Am sure you will make the Shark Spotters proud" - Alan W

  • Oct 11, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Monwa!" - Learn to Dive Today

  • Oct 10, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Best of luck! " - AD

  • Oct 09, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck and all the best! " - JG

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Donations to date

R 5 200.00

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

Shark Spotters

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Shark Spotters improves beach safety by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions that reduce the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of a shark bite. We also provide emergency response in the event of a shark incident, as well as conduct cutting-edge applied research on shark behaviour and ecology, raise awareness about shark safety and conservation issues, and provide employment opportunities and skills development for shark spotters.