StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children and children at risk of living on the streets rebuild their lives through donations from partner establishments in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Garden Route and KZN, has handed R30 000 to their Johannesburg beneficiary, Kids Haven. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the fourth consecutive year by StreetSmart SA with the balance to be distributed in the other regions this month.
Moira Simpson (Founder, Kids Haven), Jenny Stricker-Greeff and Michelle Glazier (StreetSmart JHB committee) and Melanie Burke (Chairman, StreetSmart SA)
The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Randpark.
Kids Haven helps and cares for street children in need in Johannesburg. Their vision is to rehabilitate street children and reunify them into the community through care, counselling and psychosocial support. This is achieved through social work, education, monitored homework and remedial lessons, sport and leisure activities. The StreetSmart funds will be used towards the salary of the Bridging School Programme facilitator in 2018.
Brian Bridle (GM, Moyo Zoo Lake) with Melanie Burke (Chairman, StreetSmart SA)
There are currently 10 establishments in Johannesburg 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 patron’s bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to.
In Johannesburg Balata at The Fairway Hotel, Cnr Café Bistro, La Cucina di Ciro, Licorish Bistro, Moyo @ Melrose Arch, Moyo @ Zoo Lake, Nanuki, Pomodoro, The Kitchen in Lanseria and Turbine Hall offer their diners the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants, rather than directly in the hands of a child, which inevitably keeps them on the streets.
Brian Bridle, General Manager of Zoo Lake, one of the StreetSmart partners in Johannesburg, says “Moyo Zoo Lake has always had a strong focus on giving back to the community via various platforms. Supporting StreetSmart gives us the opportunity to make donations to an organisation that ensures that the funds are correctly utilised and distributed towards helping street children and their communities.”
Event guests Luane de Villiers, Lori Milner and Koketso Serage
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 Johannesburg, click HERE to find one.