The Knysna beneficiary is Sinethemba, and the funds donated will be utilised towards the salary of the auxiliary social worker. “Because of StreetSmart’s support we can help children who are going onto the streets and get involved with drugs and alcohol, to be reconciled with their parents and teachers. We help them to work through their challenges together through our programmes at Sinethemba. I was helped in this way, and am grateful to be able to give back to the kids in my community,” says Siphamandla Halahala, the social auxiliary worker at Sinethemba.
l.t.r. Sharon Dreyer, Magdalene Moos and Siphamandla Halahala (Sinethemba) with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held in Social Eatery at Knysna Hollow Hotel.
The Knysna Hollow - Social Eatery Team with Siphamandla Halahala (Sinethemba) and Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
“I am so encouraged when looking at the amount that was raised from four restaurants, after last years’ fires, and am looking forward to where we can be next year with six and more partners! I would like to encourage restaurants and accommodation establishments in the area to be part of a local solution to help vulnerable children,” said Sue Mills, Coordinator of StreetSmart Knysna. She leads the small committee of local StreetSmart volunteers including Liesel Battell and Elmay Bouwer.
l.t.r. Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) with Liesel Battell and Sue Mills (StreetSmart Knysna Committee)
Blend Restaurant, Caroline’s @ Belvidere Manor, Chatters Bistro, Earth & Fire @ Blackwaters Lodge, Social Eatery @ Knysna Hollow, The Bell Tavern @ Belvidere Manor are currently the six establishments in Knysna 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. 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. With this generous gesture, StreetSmart establishments and their guests are making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable childen in their local communities.
Special mention was made of Chatters Bistro’s duo, Rob & Clare Dixon, who have been consistently reaching the StreetSmart national Top 10 fundraising restaurants, since they signed up to give their diners the opportunity to give responsibly.
Rod & Clare Dixon (Chatters Bistro - StreetSmart National Top 10 Restaurant) with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
Photographs by Michelle Brink | https://michellebrink.com/