Bertish inspires little sailors

2019-04-09 06:00
Thaakirah Matthews (left) from Woodstock, who also stars in The Little Optimist movie, along with Greg Bertish at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.PHOTO: Cape Town Sport Photography

Thaakirah Matthews (left) from Woodstock, who also stars in The Little Optimist movie, along with Greg Bertish at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.PHOTO: Cape Town Sport Photography

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A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show. The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show.

The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show. The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast. The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show.

The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show. The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show. The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too.

“Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

A special group of children experienced the joy of sailing, learned a few life lessons, and got a dose of inspiration at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on Saturday 6 April.

Children with health challenges from the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as children from the 9 Miles Project, which works with youth in coastal informal settlements, joined well-known charity campaigner and multiple cardiac-surgery survivor Greg Bertish.

The Kommetjie native gave them a taste of what it is like to sail an Optimist, a small boat that is traditionally used for children’s sailing.

“Our aim is to give these kids and their parents hope, teach them a skill and spark a passion – something to fight and live for,” says Bertish.

The children were given sailing lessons, a meal, special awards and prizes, and the day culminated in a viewing of the movie Optimist, which tells the story of Bertish’s epic sailing trip in an Optimist around Cape Point and up the West Coast.

The day was supported by The Little Optimist’s key sponsors – Two Oceans Marine, Ullman Sails and Italtile.

This event is one of Bertish’s ongoing projects involving The Little Optimist Trust, which last year launched the hugely successful charity event, The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show. The inaugural race took place at the V&A Waterfront in October 2018 and involved 40 little Optimists navigating the waters in the harbour, with celebrities, corporates, charities and medical survivors like Bertish at the helm.

As someone who spent more than 200 days in hospital, Bertish’s mission is to provide children with the confidence to overcome the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Bertish was joined by Thaakirah Matthews (8) from Woodstock.

Bertish has known her since she was four. She has also spent a lot of time in hospital. Matthews has had brain and heart surgeries and is a true Little Optimist. She is in the movie too. “Kids face tough operations and uncertainty. I hope to show them that sick people can still go on to achieve amazing things,” he says.

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