StreetSmart diners raise R100 000 in Franschhoek
StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R100 000 to their Franschhoek beneficiary, The Kusasa Project, for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA with the balance to be distributed in the other regions later this month.
Kusasa has been in operation since 2006 and primarily addresses the educational needs of disadvantaged children by providing support, encouragement and the environment to learn in a safe, stimulating setting. The StreetSmart funds will be used towards the salaries of a social and community work manager and an auxiliary social worker.
There are currently 7 restaurants in Franschhoek 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 table’s bill at participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
The first Franschhoek restaurants to become StreetSmart in November 2007 were Le Quartier Français and Bread & Wine. Together with Foliage, Haute Cabrière, Le Bon Vivant, Monneaux and Reuben’s, they offer their diners the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants, and not in the hands of a child.
“StreetSmart, through the work of our beneficiaries, provides opportunities to empower street children and other vulnerable children in our communities to live viable lives. Through the generosity of our restaurant partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint. For the third time in a row, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
Expressing her gratitude, Jacquie Bérard-Spiers from the The Kusasa Project, said: “StreetSmart funding ensures that the children, who attend The Kusasa Project Early Learning Center and the Scholarship Programme, as well as their families, have access to the services of a fully qualified Social Worker and her assistant. We know that without this support, we would be unable to help these families help themselves and thereby become fully functioning contributors and active members of our community. We are indeed grateful to StreetSmart for helping us change lives!”
StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership with 92 restaurants has raised more than R1 060 000 during 2016, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.
“Why StreetSmart? Why not? Is there a reason not to participate in StreetSmart? You kindly request that your guests donate a negligible amount per table, not per person. This money collectively is then channelled back into your local community providing opportunity & hope,” said Tina Jewell, Manager of Bread & Wine Restaurant.
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, USA – San Francisco 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 diners 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, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child.
For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart at Tel: 021 447 3227 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.
Issued by: GC Communications
Contact: Gudrun Clark
Tel: +27 (0) 21 462-0520
On behalf of: StreetSmart South Africa
Contact: Reinette Retief – Administrator
Tel: 021 447 3227