The Swellendam Bursary Fund, supporting local youths to further their studies, has received R20,000 from StreetSmart Swellendam to boost local community upliftment. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at De Kloof Luxury Estate.
l.t.r. Marjolein v Mourik, Harry Zass, Maarten vd Ven, Melanie Burke (Chairman, StreetSmart SA) Basil May and Francois du Rand with Thabo and Alderay in front.
The donation is part of an allocation of over R1 million awarded nationally for the fourth 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.
Since 2005, 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. The StreetSmart donation will go towards further education of five students in 2018.
There are currently four restaurants in Swellendam, 18ZeroOne @ De Kloof Estate, Field & Fork, La Sosta Restaurant and Powell House, that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of their youth. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each patron's bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to. StreetSmart Swellendam invites all restaurateurs and hoteliers to join this established initiative to make a difference locally.
De Kloof Luxury Estate Team and 18ZeroOne Restaurant on the Estate
“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. 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. We invite Swellendam establishments to partner with us and enable their guests to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable and street children in the local community,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
|“It really is a privilege to continue to be part of the fundraising of StreetSmart SA in Swellendam. We are looking for more restaurant and accommodation partners locally and if you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact me,” says Francois du Rand, StreetSmart Swellendam, committee member.|
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 Swellendam, click HERE to find one.