Greg Bertish, the big-wave surfer, national champion lifesaver and stand-up paddleboarder is an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Trust and the National Sea Rescue Institute. He is also the founder of the Shark Spotter Programme.
This man sailed an optimist, a single-handed 8ft dinghy (aka oppie or bathtub) around the Cape of Storms to raise awareness for heart disease. Greg sailed 200km with each kilometre representing a day he spent in hospital fighting life-threatening heart infections.
He formed The Little Optimist Trust to inspire children to survive and thrive, and to follow their passions and dreams. The concept resonated with our group philosophy. The Excellence Group partnered with The Little Optimist as our preferred charity. Infin8 Surfacing, Spotlight Joinery and Craft Furniture support the initiative through product donations. Valcucine and Eurocasa make financial contributions. We are involved in The Little Optimist’s fundraisers. In 2019, we donated an optimist boat to the annual race event at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. We give of our time and effort; help sell tickets and pay it forward.