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Wed, 27 February 2019

Open heart surgery survivor Greg Bertish has teamed up with the NSRI for a children's inspirational tour up the East Coast of South Africa next week on a fund raising drive.

poster-optimist-thBertish and the NSRI will visit Plett, PE, Port Alfred, J Bay and St Francis where they will hold movie nights, presentations, give aways and auctions. Bertish will screen his 50 minute documentary Optimist and will be armed with hundreds of his popular children's book The Little Optimist, which will be given away or sold on the tour.

Greg will be visiting children's homes along the way and will be talking at schools, including Greenwood Bay College in Plett and Clarendon Park in PE. "I will be delivering free books and a bit of hope and inspiration to needy schools and orphanages along the way," said Bertish.

The story behind Optimist is an inspirational tale about overcoming the odds, and is suitable for children aged six and up. Optimist depicts Greg's fight for survival against a rare tropical bacteria that attacks his heart three times over six years.


LITTLE OPTIMIST: The popular little sailboat is the ideal vehicle for metaphors about big hearts

He sets out to conquer a childhood dream of sailing an Optimist (a small eight foot children’s sailing dinghy) around the Cape of Storms. His eight day adventure takes him across the sharky waters of False Bay, around Cape Point and up the West Coast to Langebaan lagoon 200kms away.

This journey symbolises the 200 days he spent in hospital fighting the bacteria, and the R200,000 he aims to raise for the new ICU at Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital. Along the way, he meets a teenager called Adam, who as a baby boy had lain next to him on the operating table 14 years ago. This baby had changed his life and set this whole project in motion.

Funds raised will be split evenly between the nearest NSRI base station and the Little Optimist kids trust.

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PLETT (Surf Cafe) 5th March

PE (PE Deep Sea Angling Club) 6th


JEFFREY'S BAY (Mentor's Country Estate) 8th

ST FRANCIS (St Francis Brewing Co) 9th

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