StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng, has handed R40 000 to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, their Swellendam beneficiary for 2016.

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The Swellendam Bursary Fund provides bursaries to promising local young people wishing to study at university or college, but who do not have the means to pay for their studies.

Having raised R6,965 in aid of StreetSmart, La Sosta restaurant was the leading contributing restaurant in Swellendam over the past year.

"I am honoured to co-ordinate the Swellendam area for StreetSmart. I see great potential and look forward to making a difference with all the restaurateurs in Swellendam and surrounding areas. I am particularly touched by the dreams that have already been realised with StreetSmart funding and am convinced that with the support of those who can, we are able to at least triple that amount in the year ahead," said Sem Kallen, the newly elected co-ordinator of StreetSmart Swellendam.

Nationally, StreetSmart South Africa has donated the grand sum of R1,05 million for 2016 to various charities  working towards the upliftment of street children. In addition to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, the other beneficiaries are: Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects, Zip Zap Circus in Cape Town; Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Grabouw ECD Centre in Helderberg, Kids Haven in Johannesburg, Masizame in Plettenberg Bay; and PEN in Pretoria. 

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“2015 has been another exceptional year for StreetSmart SA! We celebrated 10 years, expanded our support to 23 programmes, and for the second time, StreetSmart has disbursed over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally. We are thrilled to continue our support of the selected StreetSmart Swellendam beneficiary for 2016. We also extend a hearty welcome to Sem Kallen, who will be taking over the local co-ordinator role from Henk Klijn, who initiated StreetSmart Swellendam in 2013. The local committee of four members is the driving force behind the success and expansion of StreetSmart Swellendam,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.

StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are joining hands to make a difference in their communities supporting organisations that run social development, skills training and family re-unification programmes for street children. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to. DSC 4494

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StreetSmart Swellendam raises R40 000 for study bursaries  

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng, has handed R40 000 to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, their Swellendam beneficiary for 2016.

 

 

The Swellendam Bursary Fund provides bursaries to promising local young people wishing to study at university or college, but who do not have the means to pay for their studies.

 

Having raised R6,965 in aid of StreetSmart, La Sosta restaurant was the leading contributing restaurant in Swellendam over the past year.

 

"I am honoured to co-ordinate the Swellendam area for StreetSmart. I see great potential and look forward to making a difference with all the restaurateurs in Swellendam and surrounding areas. I am particularly touched by the dreams that have already been realised with StreetSmart funding and am convinced that with the support of those who can, we are able to at least triple that amount in the year ahead," said Sem Kallen, the newly elected co-ordinator of StreetSmart Swellendam.

 

Nationally, StreetSmart South Africa has donated the grand sum of R1,05 million for 2016 to various charities  working towards the upliftment of street children. In addition to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, the other beneficiaries are: Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects, Zip Zap Circus in Cape Town; Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Grabouw ECD Centre in Helderberg, Kids Haven in Johannesburg, Masizame in Plettenberg Bay; and PEN in Pretoria. 

 

“2015 has been another exceptional year for StreetSmart SA! We celebrated 10 years, expanded our support to 23 programmes, and for the second time, StreetSmart has disbursed over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally. We are thrilled to continue our support of the selected StreetSmart Swellendam beneficiary for 2016. We also extend a hearty welcome to Sem Kallen, who will be taking over the local co-ordinator role from Henk Klijn, who initiated StreetSmart Swellendam in 2013. The local committee of four members is the driving force behind the success and expansion of StreetSmart Swellendam,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.

 

 

StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are joining hands to make a difference in their communities supporting organisations that run social development, skills training and family re-unification programmes for street children. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.

 

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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, India, USA – San Francisco 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 diners 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, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child.


For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart at Tel: 021 418 0621 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit
www.streetsmartsa.org.za.

 


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"It gives me great pleasure to support StreetSmart South Africa.  So when you are enjoying an evening out with good foods, good wine and good company, reflect on how your life is enriched.  Then do a kind thing.  Give to StreetSmart.  God bless you."

 
Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Founding Patron of StreetSmart South Africa

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