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Thabitha Kalondi who’s family hail from Congo and West Africa has been in Cape Town for 12 years. She has recently put in a huge amount of effort to swell the coffers of StreetSmart.  In this, her 8th year since joining as a founder staff member of Gold, she has moved their contribution from R1500 to R5,641 IN ONE MONTH!

 

As an experienced  waitron she, on her own volition, decided to address groups which visit Gold.  She first makes sure that the guide or tour leader is happy for her to do so.  Then she makes a short passionate presentation about StreetSmart and work that is being done, requesting the visitors to make donations into a basket which is passed round.

 

When interviewed last week she said: “ No child deserves to be on the street, if my children, Blessing(13), Josephine(8) and Samuel(4) landed on the streets for some reason, it is good to know that someone would be there to help.”

 

She ended by saying that we should all love what we do, and that helping others makes all the difference to how we feel in life.


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StreetSmart Swellendam has handed R45 000 to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, their Swellendam beneficiary for 2015.

 

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 is a welcome injection at a time when one oversees donor could no longer support our Bursary Fund.  The amount given comprises thirty percent of our total budget for this year, which is quite substantial. We are extremely grateful for the donation because it enables us to provide bursaries to all the students of Swellendam who merit financial support,” said Basil May, chairman of the Swellendam Bursary Fund.

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Swellendam Beursfonds Basil May-Handover 2014 WP

 The leading contributing restaurant in Swellendam over the past year, raising the most money in aid of StreetSmart, is Café Oppie Stoep.

Swellendam Handover 2014 “StreetSmart is such an easy way to quietly, without fanfare, spare a moment and think of someone who is less fortunate. Swellendam is very proud to list some of the best restaurants in the Overberg as members, but don’t just take our word for it: La Sosta, a member of StreetSmart Swellendam since its inception, has just won EatOut Best Italian Restaurant in South Africa 2015! It’s reassuring to know that the best restaurateurs also have the most generous hearts. Do the right thing - choose a StreetSmart restaurant,” said Henk Klijn, StreetSmart Swellendam chairman.

  Nationally, StreetSmart South Africa has donated the grand sum of R1,04 million for 2015 to various charities working towards the upliftment of street children. In addition to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, the other beneficiaris are: Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Cape Town; Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Kids Haven in Johannesburg, Masizame in Plettenberg Bay; and PEN in Pretoria.

 

StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities supporting organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification. There are currently 90 restaurants 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 the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.

Swellendam Restaurants Handover 2014 

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.

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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.

 

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StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay has handed over R25 000 to Masizame Projects, their Plettenberg Bay beneficiary for 2015. The handover took place at the well known The Fat Fish Restaurant, the first restaurant to launch StreetSmart in Plettenberg Bay.

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Masizame with Karen Spurrier

Masizame offers food, shower facilities, life-skills training, mentorship and guidance to street children. This is followed up by intervention services with the goal to help the children to reach their full potential and become responsible contributing members of their communities. The funds raised by StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay will go towards a new family reconstruction auxiliary social worker position.

Masizame Handover 2014 ''StreetSmart South Africa funding has allowed Masizame to expand the breadth of our services through hiring an Auxiliary Social Worker Intern and an Educational Psychologist whose roles are to facilitate the process of sending 12 children who have dropped out formal education back to school. As a beneficiary of StreetSmart, Masizame’s public profile is raised, aiding our ability to obtain further resources as we look to meet the needs of the children we serve,” said Masizame chairperson, Antoinette van der Mescht.

StreetSmart South Africa’s other beneficiaries for 2015 are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Cape Town; Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Kids Haven in Johannesburg and PEN in Pretoria. All these charities are actively involved with the social development and rehabilitation of street children.

 

Nguni, one of the founding StreetSmart restaurants in Plettenberg Bay, was the town’s leading contributing restaurant this year.

Nguni Jacqui 

"We first came across the StreetSmart initiative while dining in Cape Town and thought it was a great concept which went directly to the cause. After we were contacted by Karen Spurrier of StreetSmart here in Plett, we signed up enthusiastically as it is a simple but effective way of trying to resolve an ongoing problem which affects both local businesses and tourists alike.” said Jacqui Carter-Johnson, co-owner of Nguni. 

 

“The waiters find it easy to add R5 in aid of StreetSmart to the bill and guests are known to give more - the table cards are simple and direct and when necessary we show them the brochure and poster to answer any other questions they may have as well as suggesting other StreetSmart restaurants in the area; all in all a simple concept going to a great cause!"

 

 

“We are very proud of the restaurateurs who have committed themselves and their establishments to making the StreetSmart initiative work here by taking an active part in a solution to, and providing much needed funding for those who work with street children in the local community,” said Karen Spurrier, chairperson of StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay.

Plett Committee 2014 Handover Plett Restaurants Handover 2014

Nationally there are currently 90 restaurants 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 the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.

StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership has raised more than 1 million rand during 2014, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.

 

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StreetSmart South Africa’s 
Top 5 Restaurants for 2014

 

1.
Licorish Bistro: R70,660
Licorish

 
2.
Saxon Five Hundred & Qunu: R61,480
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3.
La Mouette: R50,030

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4.
Savoy Cabbage: R43,617
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5.
Myoga: R42,828
Myoga logo
StreetSmart is a wonderful team effort by all our restaurants and their staff who have shown over and over that every R5donation can have a real impact in the lives of vulnerable children.

The 2014 StreetSmart year was a record breaking effort from all our supporters – restaurants and diners. Collectively we raised over R1 million.

We applaud our restaurant partners – they go beyond the call of duty and put their heart and soul into their efforts to help us raise funds for our beneficiaries.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

 

TOP 10 StreetSmart Restaurants in SA

2014

TOTALS

1

Licorish Bistro

70 660.00

2

Saxon Five Hundred/Qunu

61 480.47

3

La Mouette

50 030.00

4

Savoy Cabbage

43 617.80

5

Myoga

42 828.00

6

Roundhouse

36 216.42

7

Aubergine - CPT

34 225.00

8

Taj Hotel

31 818.96

9

The Big Easy

31 754.53

10

Bread & Wine

30 855.50

 

 

 

 

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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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