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The Little Optimist Trust

The Little Optimist Trust was established in 2017 by Greg Bertish and registered as a Public Benefit Organization in 2018.

PBO Number:930060059


Optimism is a potent health tonic! Through our talks, books and movies we inspire kids to be optimistic about their lives and their futures. Our Sailing Academy empowers kids through skills training and therapy.


In partnership with our key sponsors we fundraise to renovate, refurbish and brighten up paediatric health care, primary care and education facilities. We offer them hope and we “inject” them with positivity and inspiration to get better faster.

Our main fundraiser of the year is The Great Optimist Race, which takes place during the Cape Town International Boat Show in October each year. 


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Donations to date

R 512 662.87

Fundraising target

R 1 403 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 173 518.00

Donor Messages

Gary van Rooyen
Go get them Greg!
Derek 50 & SA friends Wig Out Party
go Greg & little optimist- thanks friends for the support to this creative cause - special people doing special things AlOha
finally getting round to admin.....
Charles Didcott
Keep up the good work Greg. Good Luck!
Erwin (Swerve)
Lets share the vision of "the Little Optimist"!
Derek Hawaii Ohana
At your back buddy, like wind in that sail...
Virtual Concierge Services
Good luck for your adventure, such a worthy cause, you have all our support!
The Pinheiro Family
Be safe !
Good luck

Activity feed

24 Dec 2020 R 1 000
Runtzler Family donated USD $ 33 via Milnerton Aquatic Club For The Little Optimist Global Race
05 Dec 2020 USD $ 33
Gary Johnson donated R 220 via NSRI For Water Safety
30 Nov 2020 R 220
Andrew on behalf of Lucy Rautenbach donated R 100 via Sentinel Ocean Alliance for the Little Optmist Global Race
02 Nov 2020 R 100
30 Oct 2020 R 200