StreetSmart diners in George give generously
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 R35,000 to their George 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 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.
The George beneficiary is Kidstop, and the funds donated will be utilised towards the salary of the child and youth care worker. “The many tiny drops of your StreetSmart donations cause a ripple effect. One child enabled to return home or to school is a child who grows up to be a useful adult and our organisation helps many such children. Thank you for your support of our work,” said Anele Ngoyo the child and youth care worker at Kidstop. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at The Fat Fish George Restaurant.
“I love StreetSmart and helping children. It is such a privilege to support such a worthy cause here in George and I would like to encourage restaurants and accommodation establishments in the area to be part of the solution to helping street children,” said Verusca Venter, Coordinator of StreetSmart George. She leads the small committee of volunteers who further the work of StreetSmart in George and invites interested individuals to become part of this local initiative to further relationships with local partners and recruit new ones.
There are currently six establishments in George 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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.
Issued by: GC Communications
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On behalf of: StreetSmart South Africa
Contact: Reinette Retief – Administrator
Tel: 021 447 3227