StreetSmart diners raise R80 000 in Stellenbosch
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 R80 000 to their Stellenbosch beneficiary, Home from Home, 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.
Home from Home supports and supervises community-based foster care for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in Stellenbosch. The organisation believes that the best place for children unable to live with their birth families is in a small, community-based family unit. It helps establish and support homes where no more than six children live and which are run by a dedicated, well-supported caregiver. The StreetSmart funds will be used towards the payment of a social worker salary, foster mother training and support, and therapeutic intervention for the children.
There are currently 8 restaurants in Stellenbosch 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 Stellenbosch restaurant to become StreetSmart in April 2009 was Rust en Vrede, with Chef David Higgs. Together with Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream, Cuvée Restaurant at Simonsig, Bodega at Dornier, Jordan Restaurant, Makaron @ Majeka House, The Big Easy, and the Restaurant at Neethlingshof, 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.
“Thanks to the support from StreetSmart we are able to provide the 37 vulnerable children in our small family homes in Stellenbosch and Cloetesville with the emotional, psychological and cognitive support they need. StreetSmart also supported our Foster Mothers who attended various training and workshops to ensure that are equipped to help the children deal with the many problems they may have owing to their previous circumstances. We are forever grateful to StreetSmart for their belief in our cause as well as their financial support,” said Pippa Shaper, Development Director of Home from Home.
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.
“As restaurateurs, the StreetSmart SA initiative gives us the opportunity to contribute to the community, by being the conduit between our clients and the organisation itself.
Through this initiative we are able to educate our staff, colleagues and clients alike to the ongoing challenges that street children face in their day to day lives and the opportunity we have to make a small difference,” said Allan Ware, General Manager, The Restaurant at Neethlingshof.
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.
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Tel: 021 447 3227