StreetSmart South Africa raises funds for street children
projects through participating restaurants.
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StreetSmart has been in operation in Cape Town since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programmes for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives.
The restaurants in each town raise funds for their own community street children programmes.
StreetSmart is also operational in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Swellendam, Johannesburg and Pretoria, and soon in Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn and Knysna.
DO GOOD, EAT OUT at a StreetSmart Restaurant
StreetSmart’s success is due to the restaurants and also because the patrons of these restaurants see StreetSmart as an ideal initiative to be able to contribute
The beauty of StreetSmart is its simplicity. In a StreetSmart restaurant a small, elegant card on the table informs patrons that a voluntary R5 will be added to the table's bill.
If diners would like to add more - or none at all, they just need to inform their waiter.
Every cent of the funds raised through restaurants, goes to the beneficiaries. All of the operational costs for StreetSmart are sponsored.
A few important points to note regarding street children:
Do not give them money or gifts - in the long term this keep them on the streets.
Greet them in a friendly manner.
Rather give money to initiatives that deal with the problem, i.e. StreetSmart.