Don't miss The Little Optimist book launch
Local writer, Greg Bertish, has partnered with Sharkspotters and the Two Oceans Aquarium to launch his children’s book entitled, “The Little Optimist.”

Cape Town local and big wave surfer, Greg Bertish is all about making a difference.

From creating safer conditions for Mother City beach goers via the Muizenberg beach Sharkspotters programme, to re-painting the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, nothing will stop this father of two from believing anything is possible.

Motivated by his own experience with a near fatal heart condition, and an 8-day sailing adventure around the coast; Bertish, in collaboration with renowned illustrator, Chip Snaddon, has authored an inspiring children’s book entitled, “The Little Optimist.”

The book’s central message is — no matter how small and insignificant you might feel, due to whatever challenges you face as a child, you too can achieve great things if you believe in yourself, and the author hopes the book will encourage children who deal with trauma on a daily basis, from illness or disability to bullying or abuse. 

Join Greg this evening at the Two Oceans Aquarium from 18:00, where he’ll be talking about his journey, his book and his upcoming film documentary. 

Tickets cost R70 per adult, and R50 per child. 

Signed copies of the book will be on sale for R120.

All the profits from the evening and the sale of the book will be donated to the Sharkspotters programme. 

For more information about The Little Optimist or to buy a copy of the book, please go to 

For each book sold, a copy of the book is donated to a sick and needy child.  

Greg will be hosting more book signing/reading events around Cape Town:

The Kommetjie Surf — Shop Unit 3, The Swan Lodge, Kommetjie
22 June 2017 at 17:30

The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town 
24 June 2017 at 11:00 (Greg will be reading the book to kids)

For more info on these book signings/events or to chat to Greg please call Cara on 021 510 0503 or email her on  

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