StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R40,000 to their Swellendam beneficiaries for 2019.
The local committee which furthers the work of StreetSmart Swellendam, comprises Cathy van Eeden, Francois du Rand, Mari-Louise van der Merwe and Marjolein van Mourik.
l.t.r. Francois du Rand, Cathy van Eeden, Mari-Louise vd Merwe with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) at the Handover Event.
“StreetSmart is such an easy to run initiative and it makes a huge difference in the lives of children and young people – right here in our community. We would like to see many more Swellendam establishments participating to give visitors to our town the opportunity to give responsibly and not in the hands of a begging child,” said Mari-Louise van der Merwe, Coordinator of StreetSmart Swellendam.
This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of R1,7 million distributed nationally for 2019 to organisations working with children at risk of becoming street children.
“This amount is made possible by the generosity of the patrons and our partners, who in spite of tough economic circumstances still give to make a difference to the lives of children, R5 at a time!”, says Margi Biggs, founder of StreetSmart.
The Swellendam beneficiaries are Cooper Street After-care programme and Swellendam Bursary Fund. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at De Companjie Heritage House.
l.t.r. Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) with Cynthia Tobias (Cooper Street Aftercare) and Harry Zass (Swellendam Bursary Fund)
There are currently seven establishments in Swellendam that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets. http://www.streetsmartsa.org.za/fundraising-partners/swellendam
“Through the generosity of our fundraising partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint. For the fifth consecutive year, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally, enabling us to support 35 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving via StreetSmart and we extend an invitation to restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues to become StreetSmart in their local areas,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.