StreetSmart diners in Knysna do it again in aid of vulnerable children

StreetSmart diners in Knysna do it again in aid of vulnerable children
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 R100,000 to their Knysna beneficiary for 2019.

This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of R1,7 million distributed nationally for 2019 to organisations working with street children and 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 SA.

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.

The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held in Social Restaurant at Knysna Hollow Hotel.

“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.

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 and Clare Dixon, who have consistently been among StreetSmart’s national Top 10 fundraising restaurants since signing up almost three years ago.

“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.

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 and The Netherlands.

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.

For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart SA at Tel: 021 447 3227 email info@streetsmartsa.org.za or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Issued by: GC Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 21 462-0520
Email: info@gc-com.co.za

On behalf of: StreetSmart South Africa
Contact: Reinette Retief – Administrator
Tel: 021 447 3227
E-mail: info@streetsmartsa.org.za

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