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The Little Optimist - The Adventure for the Children

The Little Optimist - The Adventure for the Children

Personal message

"I know ME as an adult would have helped ME as a kid to believe in myself sooner, dream bigger and reach for more quicker. I believe I can do this for thousands of sick and needy children. Help the LIttle Optimist and I to Inspire them! " - Greg Bertish

Having spent nearly 200 days in hospital in 2006/7, I was misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for!

This may not be the case for many sick and scared children. Through my work with The Children’s Hospital Trust, I discovered these kids often have no passion or no desire to get well and leave hospital. They have very little to fight and live for. They face going home to broken families, one meal a day, and no passion or dream to inspire them to get better and survive. We need to change this!

An Optimistic Adventure

I am working with the Children’s Hospital Trust , to use the little 8 foot Optimist “bathtub” sailing dinghy to inspire children & patients to get better and get out of Hospital. I want to inspire these kids and people to be positive, to be optimistic, to never give up and to believe that they too can do anything they desire and want, no matter what challenges they face.

PART 1: 

An Optimistic Adventure: (March 2016) To boldly go where no Optimist has gone before!

As a long time sailor, lifesaver and big wave surfer & rescue PWC operator, I am working closely with NSRI to promote ocean safety. I will be working with Save Our Seas to promote ocean conservation, and have partnered with the Children’s Hospital Trust to help save kids, give them a passion and a skill, and get them inspired to leave hospital and get better.

The Ocean Adventure is 200km in the tiny Optimist Kids dinghy, representing the 200 days I spent in hospital.

  • From Cape Hangklip to Cape Point – across the Shark infested Waters of False Bay
  • Around Cape Point to Kommetjie – Around Cape Point and the Cape Of Storms
  • Kommetjie to Robben Island – Nelson Mandela/Belief and a Dream & Optimism
  • Robben Island to Dassen Island/ Yserfontein – many nautical miles out to sea/from dry land
  • Dassen Island/ Yserfontain to Saldanha Bay/ Langebaan

This amounts to 200km in the open ocean, along one of the wildest and most dangerous coastlines in the world! The longest, most dangerous open ocean voyage taken on by a little Optimist. The approximate duration will be 5 to 8 days.

All the funds raised through this campaign will go to the Children's Hospital Trust, saving children's lives.

Please consider making a donation to this campaign. You can either donate once off or per Km for the amount of days I spent in hospital. 

So 200 km  for 200 days – please sponsor me per KM .

Eg R5 per KM = R1000

 

Donations

  • Oct 22, 2018 - R 10 282.00
  • "DHL Express Corporate Responsibility strives to ensure the betterment of humanity in all areas. This is a great opportunity to be involved in this very special project." - DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Mar 09, 2017 - R 11 615.68
  • "To the inspiring Bertish boys. Love The Lanes" - Pippa Lane

  • Feb 06, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Brighten the world! " - Claire Bartman

  • Sep 08, 2016 - R 2 000.00
  • "On behalf of Commodore Mark Thompson, Committee, Members and Guests, thank you Greg for your inspiring talk! What great motivation for sailing and a wonderful cause to support for our children" - Zeekoevlei Yacht Club

  • Jul 27, 2016 - R 510.00
  • "Magic stuff Greg, love your work!" - Frank Holland

  • Jun 21, 2016 - R 2 000.00
  • "What a wonderful and worthwhile adventure . Congratulations" - Tara and Philip baum

  • Jun 01, 2016 - USD $ 201.71
  • "Big up brother" - Jules, Jan & Rich

  • May 31, 2016 - R 205.64
  • ""May the wind always fill your sails" " - Alison Kock

  • May 26, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "A great inspiration to us all well done Greg" - Spotty

  • May 26, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great talk at SACS - thank you for your courage to do things differently" - Douglas Heel

  • May 24, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you for your very inspiring talk and presentation, I left chocked up by your journey and how you have handled it head on. Thank you for prioritising what you've learnt and sharing your lessons." - Anonymous

  • May 19, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Excellent initiative Greg super well done" - Terry Murphy

  • May 18, 2016 - R 260.00
  • "Fantastic initiative and true grit." - Greg Pearce

  • May 18, 2016 - R 510.00
  • "tiny boat ... big idea ... huge heart! Congratulations " - Paul Tomes

  • May 18, 2016 - R 500.00
  • "amazing" - jono coffey

  • May 18, 2016 - R 500.00
  • "fantastic initiative" - sandy coffey

  • May 10, 2016 - R 12 801.09
  • "Job well done Greg and I was stoked to be a little part of a BIG Optimist's mission." - Ross Lindsay

  • May 10, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "Greg, excellent initiative. Well Done!!" - John Cooper

  • May 08, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Go Crockie Go :)" - Gareth Leck

  • May 06, 2016 - R 500.00
  • "Go Greg - well done my friend - Aquarius Printing and Embroidery and Team" - Garin Walker

  • May 06, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Greg from the Team and Crew at Dario's Cafe and Coffee- #houtbay rules" - Dario's Cafe Hout Bay

  • May 05, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Love you attitude to life Gregory !!" - Greg Goodwin

  • May 05, 2016 - R 100.00
  • "Go Greg!!!" - Silen

  • May 05, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "Well done!" - Sophia Pritchard

  • May 05, 2016 - R 210.00
  • "An amazing feat - thank you for your Optimism!" - Bev Shaw

  • May 05, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Awesome Greg" - S ray

  • May 05, 2016 - USD $ 10.00
  • "You can do it !" - Richard

  • May 03, 2016 - USD $ 76.03
  • "Well done Greg! Keep up the good work! " - Thomas Delpierre

  • May 03, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Congrats Greg! Inspiring" - Rob Broster

  • May 03, 2016 - R 411.28
  • "This is a beautiful cause and we fully support it .Well done Greg you are an example " - Jose & Ofelia Mendes

  • May 01, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Amazed by your perseverance and courage to help young children." - Lesley Clarke

  • Apr 29, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "Happy 50th, Linda and thank you to Red Cross!" - Gravity Adventures and Linda Kellett

  • Apr 26, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck Greg !" - Paul Wolpert

  • Apr 22, 2016 - USD $ 73.52
  • "Go conquer big things" - Adrian Hewlett

  • Apr 22, 2016 - USD $ 51.46
  • "Awesome challenge" - Lolette Waterford

  • Apr 20, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck with your fundraising! " - Dean

  • Apr 18, 2016 - R 257.05
  • "Great cause, great little boat" - Ex Oppie Sailor

  • Apr 18, 2016 - USD $ 71.47
  • "an impressive and touching thing !" - Martina, Switzerland

  • Apr 18, 2016 - R 110.00
  • "good luck with attaining all your goals" - Henriette

  • Apr 17, 2016 - R 2 067.85
  • "Great work Greg!" - Richard

  • Apr 17, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Inspirational. Well done Greg." - Hochfelden family

  • Apr 15, 2016 - R 20 000.00
  • "Great work Greg" - Anonymous

  • Apr 13, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Such an inspiration " - De Vogel Family

  • Apr 13, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Go! The Little Optimist, Regards Jules" - INC Trading Group

  • Apr 12, 2016 - USD $ 25.04
  • "Love the adventurous passion Greg! Like I've always said: "Passion Precedes Purpose"" - Dawid Mocke

  • Apr 11, 2016 - USD $ 35.24
  • "Go for it Greg -never stop changing lives for the better bro... Iv + Clan ;) " - Ivan Van Vuuren

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck, and well done!" - Annie & Nonna & Moose

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "Go you good Bertish go, sail that Optimist into history." - Kayos Casting Directors

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 3 084.60
  • "well done, you are a big example for all of us" - olivier and jeanne barrault

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for everything you do for the Children Greg. Always a massive inspiration to us at The Board Box :)" - The Board Box Surf Factory

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "go krok go" - daniel and kubesh and jody kantor

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 110.00
  • "Thank you for your never ending energy and constant inspiration!!" - Tasha Mentasti

  • Apr 08, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Safe sailing Greg. You are an inspiration " - Alan Wellburn

  • Apr 07, 2016 - R 10 000.00
  • "Great work, Greg, bon voyage!" - Praesidium Capital Management

  • Apr 07, 2016 - R 15 587.78
  • "Love you and you optimism" - The Ramsay/Heard Family

  • Apr 07, 2016 - R 102.82
  • "Go Little Optimist Go :) " - Cara de Vogel

  • Apr 07, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Great initiative Greg - something to be very proud of. See you in the water. Tom" - Swimmable

  • Apr 06, 2016 - R 10 010.00
  • "Thumbs up!" - Mark E

  • Apr 05, 2016 - R 308.46
  • "Smooth sailing " - Mark

  • Apr 05, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "Your optimism is always inspiring!" - Share The Stoke Foundation South Africa

  • Apr 04, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Well done on spreading your optimism & good luck !!!" - Raubies Family

  • Apr 04, 2016 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck buddy!" - Andre Wollheim

  • Apr 04, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Greg your book Stoked was an awesome read - good luck with this project - I am sure you will reach target." - Leon Nel

  • Apr 04, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Humbling and delighted to support" - Mark Pienaar

  • Apr 04, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Inspiring life and care Greg!" - Richard Bowsher

  • Apr 03, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative - good luck" - DMS

  • Apr 03, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "beautiful idea for our kids" - yael joffe

  • Apr 02, 2016 - R 1 542.30
  • "What an awesome initiative!" - Gray Family

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "Sounds like a great project. Good luck !!" - Andrew Lewis

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Love your work." - The Paterson Family

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great project Greg - good luck dude" - Anonymous

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "Good job Greg, enjoy it." - Anonymous

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Go Greg. Awesome idea and project. May the wind always be at your back" - vlei_where_it_began

  • Apr 01, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "great cause Greg" - anonymous

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "All the best, such a legend for doing this." - Tony

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Greg, safe sailing" - Connor and Bianca Duncan

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 542.30
  • "Good work Greg - thanks for the sup inspriation" - Chris P

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "great job" - francis finlay

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go for it Greg, what an awesome initiative. Sail safe and I hope you raise big $$$. " - John McCarthy

  • Mar 31, 2016 - USD $ 70.51
  • "Inspirational stuff Greg!" - James

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "You are an inspiration! A contributor to this crazy world. Thank you." - Goodman-Bhyat

  • Mar 31, 2016 - R 2 570.50
  • "Love your work, Greg:)" - Chris

  • Mar 30, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Greg and Tracy" - Esther Campbell

  • Mar 09, 2016 - R 781.38
  • "Congratulations on a wonderful initiatve. Donation in honour of Derek Stuart's 50th birthday :)" - Hans and Tanya Klett

  • Mar 09, 2016 - R 512.50
  • "Great initiative and story of hope and courage. May the wind be (gently) in your sails Greg!" - Lisa

  • Mar 07, 2016 - R 370.00
  • "For all the DWD I'm going to miss due to being in hospital myself, but only for a few days. Good on you Greg." - Mark Herd

  • Mar 07, 2016 - R 210.00
  • "Well done Greg" - Mike and Sylvia Smith

  • Mar 05, 2016 - R 512.50
  • "Greg well done on all your hard work and great attitude to life! Cool to see you again and meeting your family rgds Guy" - Guy Blake

  • Mar 05, 2016 - R 512.50
  • "Thank you for caring for those who need all the help they can get to survive in this world." - Bruce Johnston

  • Mar 04, 2016 - R 123.00
  • "From the Downwinders. " - Dean Phillips

  • Mar 04, 2016 - R 1 025.00
  • ":-)" - Lollo

  • Feb 29, 2016 - USD $ 97.88
  • "Wishing you all the best with your 200km adventure." - 4C Charity Club

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 301 509.48

Fundraising target

R 300 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 138 923.00
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A little Optimist 'bathtub' boat (in association with The Children's Hospital Trust) takes to the open sea to inspire children & patients to get better and get out of hospital. The big heart of 'Opi' aims to inspire these kids and people to be positive, optimistic, to never give up. This is a project that teaches children to believe that they too can achieve their dreams despite what they are told or what challenges they face.