StreetSmart raises over R3-million for organisations helping street children
StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated towards helping street children rebuild their lives by collecting R5 donations through participating restaurants in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Franschhoek and Paarl, has raised more than R3-million since its inception in 2005.
Charl Theron receiving Tobago's certificate as the top contributing restaurant in 2011.
Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at participating StreetSmart restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
The 2011 Top 10 contributing restaurants are: Tobago at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel, Le Quartier Français, Nonna Lina, The Atlantic at the Table Bay Hotel, Aubergine, Ritz Restaurant, Bread & Wine at Môreson, The Big Easy and Savoy Cabbage.
The number of participating restaurants now stands at 51, with four new restaurants embracing StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of children at risk, namely San Marco (V&A Waterfront), Keenwä (City Bowl, Cape Town), Sláinte (Green Point) and Longhorn Grill (Bloemfontein).
“We are deeply grateful for all the generous support and contributions made by each and every restaurant that has joined this initiative. It is because of these restaurants that we as an organisation can embark on making the lives of street children better and help to create safe places for them to go to.” said Margi Biggs, outgoing Chairperson of StreetSmart SA.
The StreetSmart funds raised this year will provide a much needed financial boost to ensure the success of the respective organisations and the safety of the children in their care. Learn to Live, a bridging school for street children, will use the money to fund materials, tools and an instructor’s salary for panel beating workshop skills training. Ons Plek, a shelter for street girls, will use the funds for social worker salaries, skills training, materials and transport costs. At Home from Home: Ocean View & Vrygrond and Kayamandi & Cloetesville the StreetSmart donation will go largely towards social worker and project co-ordinator salaries and to facilitate family reunification services. Cape Town Multi Service Centre will use the donation for their After School Care Facility for vulnerable children as well as family reunification services. The Nceduluntu Sanctuary Trust in the Helderberg will use the funds towards a day care supervisor’s salary.
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.
EAT OUT, HELP OUT
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, San Francisco and Australia.
For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart at Tel: 021 418 0621, email
or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.