Boat Sailing October
Photo Credit: Supplied (2020) / Little Optimist Trust

Blake Pittaway is braving the elements by sitting in a little optimist boat for 24 hours, all to raise funds for animal welfare charities in need of food.


Cape Town, South Africa (14 October 2020) – Blake Pittaway will be spending 24 hours in a Little Optimist sailing boat to raise funds for animal welfare charity.

For the past two years, the by-invitation-only Great Optimist Race has been held in Cape Town, and has involved experienced sailors, celebrities and medical survivors sailing for charity and the work of the Little Optimist Trust. But the COVID pandemic meant the postponement of Boatica Cape Town 2020, the traditional race host.

Instead of completely cancelling the race, a new, global “COVID-compliant” challenge has been launched. This year, sailors of any age from across the country and around the world will be able to sign up for The Little Optimist Global Race and raise funds for charity at the same time.

Anyone who has ever sailed has been invited to climb back into an Optimist sailing dinghy,  and take part in the inaugural 2020 charity event. It is open to anyone of any age, anywhere in the world – as long as you can sail, and can participate between 9 and 18 October.

Blake Pittaway dedicated his 18th birthday to supporting animal welfare. He started a charity which has grown and changed over the years but one thing always stayed the same, his love for supporting animal welfare charities.

Blake’s goal is to raise R20,000 and he will do this by sitting in one of the little optimist boats, for 24 hours. Anyone who has been to Cape Town knows how lovely the summers are but sitting out on a boat that long can be gruelling. You not only have to stay hydrated and combat the reflection of the sun. But you also are exposed to rapidly dropping temperatures come nightfall. It isn’t a challenge for the faint-hearted!

Blake launched a crowdfund on BackaBuddy to help him raise the funds but he is also welcoming people to join him in the boat.

“There will be an opportunity to spend 15 minutes in an Optimist Dinghy alongside Project18’s founder, Blake. Tickets are available on the day for R50.

With thanks to the Radisson Residence, we will be hosting a cocktail evening on Thursday the 15th October. Tickets for the cocktail evening are available from our online store for R200 and every ticket gets you an entry into our awesome draw. Dress code: Smart Casual.

The Radisson has sponsored a one night stay for two, including breakfast, and for every ticket that is purchased and for every donation that is made through Backabuddy will enter you into the draw to win this one night stay.”

You can find out more via the Project18 website here.

Sources: Supplied
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