The Plettenberg Bay beneficiaries are Home from Home – Bitou Family Care and Masizame Project. The organisations will use the funds respectively for social work supervision and the salary of a family reunification worker.
Patty Butterworth (StreetSmart Plett), Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Elisabeth Wenz (Bitou Family Care)
Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) with Brenda Wall and Elaine Smith (Masizame)
“We would like to extend a big Thank You to StreetSmart and the local community for embracing this initiative so generously. We as Bitou Family Care are extremely grateful for the support we receive through our partner organisation, Home from Home. Through StreetSmart’s support we can provide event better service to help stabilise the lives of children in need,” says Elisabeth Wenz, co-founder of Bitou Family Care.
The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous, to continue the successful preventative work done in the Plettenberg Bay community
Sybil Harker (Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous) with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
“It takes a collective effort to respond to a societal issue around vulnerable children and StreetSmart is such a collective response. When StreetSmart started in Plett, we had a real problem with children begging on the streets, but through responsible giving and active NGO’s, we now see the results of these preventative programmes. We invite more restaurants and accommodation establishments to be involved. We have come this far, let’s build on the momentum,” said Patty Butterworth, Coordinator of StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay. She leads the small committee of volunteers including Michelle Brink and Rose Grundlingh.
Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous; Ice Palazzo; Nguni Restaurant; Plett Wine Tours; The Fat Fish; The Med Seafood Bistro and The Pie Shop, are currently the six local establishments 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 in their local communities.
Amber Ollewagen, manager at The Fat Fish, explaining that StreetSmart is easy to operate in the restaurant, with longterm results for the kids.
“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.
Photographs by Michelle Brink | https://michellebrink.com/