Today’s posts from our featured Port Elizabeth Blogger:
Greg Bertish will be at the PE Deep Sea Angling Club on Wednesday evening 6th March to share his incredible story of overcoming obstacles at all odds. The evening is about his inspirational documentary “Optimist”. He will no doubt be informing us of his book “The Little Optimist” and of his tremendous on-going fundraising efforts for a new ICU unit at The Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital. Be moved, be inspired, be optimistic, anything is achievable, there is always hope. See Greg’s banner advert for further information and support.
In his own words, from his website: www.thelittleoptimist.org
“The Little Optimist book is about to make a difference and put a smile on the face of many kids in South Africa. The concept is totally unique, its organically good, and will help to inspire many sick and needy children. The Optimist is a tiny children’s sailing dingy. It’s so small and square it should not even be a sailboat. But it has a HUGE heart and aspires to be a big yacht and prove to its peers, that the little Optimist, the Dreamer, can and will be a real yacht and can sail and go where no others ever believe it could go. See The Ocean Voyage, The Children’s Book and the Great Optimist Race & sailing program: http://www.thelittleoptimist.org I hope that this little boat will inspire and motivate kids to believe, to dream and to conquer their fears, their demons, their diseases and their challenges. Believe, be an Optimist and do what no one thought possible!”
In April 2016 Greg Bertish sailed an 8 foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms. He crossed False Bay, rounded Cape Point and headed for Langebaan Lagoon on the wild West Coast. His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital fighting life-threatening heart infections. He raised R300 000 towards a new Intensive Care Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Greg hopes this journey of a REAL Little Optimist and his children’s book about a little believer with a HUGE heart, will help teach kids that being small, sick, poor or different is OK. And prove that they too can survive and thrive. His story will inspire kids and the world to believe in themselves, get better, be better and follow their passions and dreams. Greg Bertish is a big wave surfer and a South African Champion Lifesaver and Stand Up Paddle Boarder. He is an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Trust and the National Sea Rescue Institute and founder of the Shark Spotter Program. He has helped raise over R2 million for these charities to date. He has achieved all of this as a multiple heart surgery survivor and patient. He continues to promote conservation, water safety, healthy living and optimism.
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