l.t.r. Sharon Dreyer, Sonia Thomas and Siphomandla Halahala (Sinethemba Youth Development Projects), with
Melanie Burke (Chairman, StreetSmart SA) and Sue Mills (Coordinator StreetSmart Knysna)
Sinethemba Projects, a Knysna NGO running programmes for vulnerable children, has received R90,000 from StreetSmart Knysna to boost community upliftment in the area. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Belvidere Manor Hotel.
The donation is part of over R1 million awarded nationally for the 4th consecutive year by StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children rebuild their lives, through donations from partner establishments in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN.
“StreetSmart is one of the best examples of how a little donation can go a long way. It shows how those who enjoy a meal, can with agreement of those who cook and serve, help people who are less fortunate than themselves, so that they too can become productive citizens of our country,” said Sue Mills, Knysna hotelier and co-ordinator of StreetSmart Knysna. “We are thrilled with the support of our restaurants and diners who have enabled us to provide support to these kids who might not otherwise have a chance to return to school and advance in life,” added Sue.
Sinethemba was established in 2003 and works with children at risk and their families to enhance self-sufficiency and giving hope through well-structured development programmes, in order for them to become active change agents in their community. These funds will be used towards family reconstruction services in 2018.
“Thank you StreetSmart, for providing our children with tools to become the best they can be and helping them to reach their full potential.” says a grateful Michael Smith, Director of Sinethemba.
There are currently four restaurants in Knysna that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
Blend Restaurant, Caroline’s @ Belvidere Manor, Chatters Bistro and The Bell Tavern @ Belvidere Manor offer their guests the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants and guest house, rather than giving handouts directly to children, which inevitably keeps them on the streets.
“Through the generosity of our restaurant partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint, in spite of tough economic times. For the fourth time in a row, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally enabling us to support 31 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work not only through responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants, but also through accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues and cellar doors.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
StreetSmart partner establishments and their guests contribute generously to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and street children in their local communities. Nationally this partnership has raised R1,120,000.00 during 2017, literally R5 at a time.
StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and The Netherlands.
StreetSmart SA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non-profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by guests goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, donating to StreetSmart where you eat, drink and sleep is the responsible way to help a street child.
To Eat Out and Help Out at a StreetSmart establishment in Knysna, click HERE to find one.