StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R30 000 to their Swellendam beneficiary, Swellendam Bursary Fund, for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA with the balance to be distributed in the other regions later this month.
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. The StreetSmart funds will be used towards further education of eight students.
There are currently 4 restaurants in Swellendam that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children. 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.
The four restaurants in Swellendam that support the StreetSmart initiative are: 18ZeroOne @ De Kloof Estate, Field & Fork, La Sosta and Powell House. They offer their diners the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants, and not in the hands of a child.
Swellendam Bursary Fund members with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairmain)
“It was wonderful to hear first-hand from Svetlana Litz, one of the 2016 Swellendam Bursary Fund beneficiaries, on what a difference the StreetSmart support made to her. We so appreciate our restaurant partners and their diners who make this possible and we invite the many wonderful eateries in Swellendam to become StreetSmart too. The more restaurants participating in StreetSmart, the more local beneficiaries could benefit. It is an easy concept to run, please get in touch with the local StreetSmart committee to get involved,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
“The StreetSmart funding has enabled indigent young people to enter higher education and discover how best to reach their intellectual and vocational ideals - an opportunity they would otherwise not have had,” said Basil May, Honorary President of Swellendam Bursary Fund.
Svetlana Litz (One of the Swellendam Bursary Fund Recipients) & Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman)
StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership with 92 restaurants has raised more than R1 060 000 during 2016, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.
Marjolein van Mourik (Owner De Kloof Estate) & Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman)
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, USA – San Francisco and The Netherlands.