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Surfer Chris Bertish Leads SA in CANSUP110 fundraising paddle.

By Lauren Manuel

South African big wave surfer and winner of 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest, Chris Bertish, will attempt to be the first person to paddle 110 km on a stand up paddle board from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town along the West Coast to Langebaan.

The CANSUP110 fundraiser paddle is one of the projects his NGO, DO Great Things Trust are taking on to raise money and awareness for organizations such as Cancer Association South Africa, Reach for a Dream Foundation, My Life Project and Doctors without Borders.

Due to the good conditions yesterday, Chris paddled out past Blouberg, melkbos, Silverstroom and ended in Yzerfontein and is currently paddling 64km from Yzerfontein to finish at the yacht club in Langebaan later on today.

Chris’ assistant, Krystal Tavenor, awaits constant updates in Langebaan from the skipper on the rubber deck following Chris for safety.  She said that after Chris has achieved so many of his own personal goals, he started the Do Great Things Trust to assist others and to give back to less fortunate individuals.  Instead of finding many excuses why he can’t help someone or do something, Chris says “all you have to do is just find one reason why you CAN and then just do it.”

Their belief is that “Every small donation, every kind act, every positive action has an effect, sometimes we just don’t realize how great that effect can have on someone else’s life, who has so much less than ourselves.” And everyone is encouraged to “Make a difference, no matter how small, because every little bit goes a long, long way.”

The objective is to raise a minimum of R10 000 for each of the four charities and encourage people to believe that if you set your mind to anything, you can overcome all obstacles. Besides money being raised from ticket sales and from the auction on 26 November, at Trench Town in Observatory, people can also donate to the charities via the PayPal link on the website or by sms.


For more information visit the website  www.dogreatthingstrust.com or email

Follow Chris’ Progress along the West Coast on Twitter @ChrisBertish and on Facebook.


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