My passion is to assist and inspire children. I love to show those kids who suffer from infliction’s such as Acne, learning disabilities , lack of co ordination and many other  every day and common concerns. I love to Inspire them ,and show them just how AWESOME ” different “can actually be ! I talk at schools, Awards dinners and other functions. I love to shift the kids, the parents and the Teachers perceived beliefs of what a Heart Patient or any not so “cool kid” can become and achieve!

Greg Visits Rondebosch Boys Primary School – 30 November 2018

“Dear Greg

A big thank you for speaking to our boys on Tuesday. I thought that your presentation was excellent and your message is one that we can all reflect on and take to heart. I have received so much positive feedback from boys and staff.

Cara, thank you too for organising everything so efficiently.

Thank you once again.

Kind Regards

Jonathan Liss – Deputy Headmaster”

Greg Visits Ambleside School – Foundation Phase 15 August 2018

“Hi there Cara. Yes! Rave reviews all round! A big thank-you to Greg for coming to talk to us yesterday.

We look forward to hearing from you in the 4th term.

Kind regards



“What a privilege to listen to Greg Bertish this morning.
Surfer, business owner, entrepreneur, survivor of two heart operations, sailor, traveler, adventurer, influencer and fundraiser and an advocate of DONT EVER QUIT…and author of the book “The Little Optimist”.
This man is such an inspiration! He is appealing to all audience ages and we were fortunate to have him as a guest this morning at Ambleside School of Hout Bay assembly!
If you see this book please buy it! For every book bought a copy will be donated to children who are ill or living in impoverished environments AND they print in African languages too!
What a wonderful man, a wonderful story and what wonderful work he is doing in helping, inspiring and #givingback”
– Kim Worrall

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover | School Talks

Kids are so impressionable, which is why it’s important for them to learn to be kind.

We inspire the un-inspired and we give hope where it is needed. Everyone, child and adult, benefits from our inspirational talks and what better way than from a real live Optimist, Greg Bertish.

We visited Westcott Primary School this week to spread the love and inspiration behind The Little Optimist.
We are certain we left there with bigger hearts and broader smiles.  We are also certain that we left a piece of our heart there too. What a wonderful experience and we cannot wait to do it again!

See more here.

The little Optimist, Greg Bertish and Karen Slater of Sailing SA visit Springfield Junior school.

It’s all about finding and following your passion.  This week it was about introducing the kids to sailing and teaching them that little people can do big things if they follow their heart, their passion and dreams.

So much fun , laughs , learning and fantastic was had.

“ Hi Greg. I Just wanted to tell you that both my girls loved your talk at Springfield yesterday. They told us all about your adventures over dinner last night. It was so sweet to see. You really made an impact on them! They were super impressed when I told them afterwards that I actually know you! Thank you for inspiring them! “

Anna – Springfield Mom

Forres Pre Primary Awards Evening 17 November 2017

Dear Greg,

Thank you so much for a wonderful celebration evening message. You were by far the best speaker that we have had. It is not always easy to talk to a room of children and parents and be able to keep everyone interested and entertained, but you managed it perfectly. I have had so many emails and messages thanking me for getting you there!

Thank you too for your wonderful email. I am so glad that the way we do things at Forres resonated with you. Please spread the word! :):):)

I have asked our photographer to forward some pics to you but please like our Facebook page where they are already displayed.

I am more than happy to recommend you to all other schools as a guest speaker as I think that your method of buying books for lesser privileged schools is the perfect way of doing stuff like this.

Thank you for everything

Kind regards



Testimonial from the SABEX Chairman


What the Chairman had to say;

Dear Greg,

Many thanks for giving up your valuable time to address the VIP Boat Show function.

Your presentation was mindblowing, without a doubt. Hugely inspirational and as a sailor addressing a room full of professional sailors and boatbuilders you took their breath away. A very special evening.

I expect that the Great Optimist Challenge next year will be over-subscribed. I have 11 confirmed entries from the boatbuilders I know. I hope we can find enough Oppies for the guys to buy, race and then donate to your cause.
Fight the good fight.

Safe sailing and good health.

Kind regards,

Bruce Tedder



WP Blood Transfusion donor Awards


WPTS  held their annual Cape Town Donor Awards in honor of the blood donors who have reached their 150 milestone donations and more in the last year, as well as to give special recognition to people and organisations who have really stood out in helping us with our cause. Well done to everyone for their remarkable achievements.

“Everyone who attended our function was inspired and touched by your presentation. Thanks for sharing your story and its powerful message with us.” – Irene van Schalkwyk, PR Manager, Western Province Blood Transfusion Service.




“On the way home from school, my 6 year old answered “fine” in a bored voice when I asked how school was…then a few moments later, “actually it was FANTASTIC!” And told me all about your talk! Thanks for all you do Greg…very wide ripples ??”

Nicola Milne ( mom at WPPS)

“Thank you to Greg Bertish for launching our Readathon with his The Little Optimist, a children’s story book of adventure with life lessons about being different, optimism, belief and never ever giving up. For every book bought, Greg donates one book to a sick or needy child as well as 40% of all profits are donated to charity.”

Western Province Preparatory School


Rustenburg Girls Junior School Talk


View the post and video HERE


Western Province Prep School Talk


” It was wonderful to welcome old boy Greg Bertish (1983 leaver) back to school yesterday. Greg addressed our Grade 6 & 7 boys as part of their Enrichment Week. Greg has overcome a number of health challenges, has recovered and continues to surf big waves and now raises money for the Children’s Hospital Trust. His talk focused on how small people can do big things…and the boys were riveted! ”


Pinelands Highschool Talk

12 /09 /16

Dear Greg

The children (and staff) really enjoyed your talk and will be able to take important lessons from it.  You are a wonderful role model, and your talk was fun, accessible, powerful and inspirational.  Thank you very much indeed.








Dear Greg

Thank you very much for giving up your morning to visit our school and to address our students yesterday.  Your message was inspirational and our students and staff were completely absorbed by the story of your having overcome your life-threatening illness, and your subsequent adventures.  Your humility was a great lesson to all of us, as was your fighting spirit and your obvious love for life.

Best wishes as you continue your valuable work.

Kind regards

Dave Campbell









Reddam Winter Sports Awards


On Friday 11th September 2015 Reddam Constantia was honoured to have Greg Bertish as the quest of honour at the annual Winter Sports Awards Ceremony.
Greg gave an inspiring Power Point presentation about his life to date. He also shared life lessons with our audience focusing on “Never, ever give up, “Living your life passion….” and taking “resilience to a new level”

Reddam House has agreed to make a donation of R2000-00 towards the Children’s Hospital Trust fund for the Red Cross hospital.

With thanks
Philip Kriel
Tel: 021 7022322 ext. 255
Cell: 082 3773 444

Thank You Greg Bertish

Hi Greg – you recently spoke at my sons school Reddam Constantia at their sports awards, I have to say I was blown away – it was an amazing speech and you have inspired all my athletes at home (I have 4 boys and one girl).  Thank you for being who you are and for being able and willing to share it with us.

Jenny Barbour

Greetings From The Spirit Foundation | Reddam Talk 2015


Dear Greg

I was lucky enough to listen to you talk at Reddam School last week and I found it moving and inspiring, as did my son Connor a Grade 11 crazy surfer and recipient of an award that day for soccer. The Spirit Foundation was formed in 1994 by myself and Tess Smit to offer high school education to disadvantaged scholars, we now support 100 scholars at a dozen schools. I would like you to please consider talking at our annual registration day, the 2016 registration will be in early December this year, and I will call you later this week to discuss the possibility.

Keep up the great work and I will call you soon.
Kind regards
Ian K.

Reddam High School Awards Evening 2012

It was an honour to have you talk to our students and teachers Greg! We were all so inspired and it was an evening nobody will ever forget. Thank you so much from all at Reddam Atlantic High School.

Shelley Robertson – Sports Co-ordinator , Reddam Atlantic High School

Thank You For Your Donation 


Hello Greg

Thank you so much for the event your organising to raise funds and collecting prezzies for our sick children at the Hospital.

Kind Regards
Lerato Seoposenwe
Volunteer Programme Administrator

Thank You 


“Hello Greg

A huge thank you to you and your wife for being there last night,your talk WOW’ed so many people!

Lots came to mention it to me and thought you were so inspiring and amazing!

Thank you for doing that for me – amazing :)

With love


Nipper Banquet 


Dear Bradd and all who contributed to Saturday night’s event,

Thank you so much for a truly amazing Awards Dinner evening. We loved every last minute. And Greg Bertish was above and beyond in terms of inspiration! We so look forward to the start of the next season.


Philippa, Craig and Bella Strydom

Clifton Lifesaving Awards Dinner 2013


“To everyone who contributed to Saturday night’s event,

Thank you so much for a truly amazing evening. We loved every last minute. And Greg Bertish was above and beyond in terms of inspiration and teaching kids about what is important! We so look forward to the start of the next season.


Philippa, Craig and Bella Strydom xxxxx”