Personal Pilgrimage for StreetSmart SA
The Cape Camino and StreetSmart SA Inaugural Pilgrimage will celebrate 10 years of making a difference in the lives of street and other vulnerable children in South Africa; through education, skills development and family re-unification . This 2-day personal pilgrim experience, which starts in Constantia and concludes in Simons Town, covers beautiful scenery and iconic spiritual sites, and results in a journey that is more significant than the destination.
The Cape Camino was inspired by the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and the route around the Cape Peninsula is rich in local spiritual diversity, natural beauty and logistical support for pilgrims. The route embraces the Mother City, Cape Point and crosses over at Constantia Nek; the symbol of infinity ∞. Gabrielle Andrew, founder of the Cape Camino, says: “The route creates a platform to showcase our sacred diversity and that which makes it possible to build a peaceful and sustainable nation. We support micro businesses, re-population of the indigenous plant species, community development and the celebration of our connectedness as humans to nature.”
To pilgrim is an opportunity to cleanse, clean, clear the mind, heal, make decisions; or just spending time with yourself. The beauty of the various routes of the Cape Camino offers a spectacular backdrop for this contemplation. This special StreetSmart pilgrimage starts at the Schoenstatt Retreat in Constantia, continues to the Klein Constantia Kramat, through Tokai Forest and on to Muizenberg on the first day. In true pilgrim tradition, local accommodation is offered and a communal meal is shared; after a good night's rest the pilgrims conclude the pilgrimage in Simons Town.
StreetSmart South Africa, a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with restaurants to support the greater process of normalisation of street children welcomes the support and time to reflect. Melanie Burke, chairman of StreetSmart loves to partner. “Building restaurant partnerships is our core focus as they help us raise funds for our selected beneficiary programmes. Long term fundraising relationships is the other vital element; the Cape Camino is one such partner. Fundraisers like this yearly Cape Camino on the last weekend of November means that we can keep our promise that every cent collected by StreetSmart restaurants will go to our beneficiaries,” says Burke.
StreetSmart plays a vital role by providing an additional income stream for existing and well-run beneficiary organisations to support and enable skills training, job creation, provisions for social workers and auxiliary social workers and other programmes, that directly and positively impact the lives of children.
In partnership with participating restaurants that add a voluntary R5 donation to every table’s bill, StreetSmart makes it possible for diners to make a difference, simply by where they choose to dine.
“R5 may seem very little to give, yet the initiatives and programmes funded by StreetSmart prove that a little goes a long way. What makes it more powerful is that the funds collected in the local areas are ploughed back into beneficiary organisations in the vicinity of the participating restaurants,” adds Burke.
All operational costs are covered through sponsor partnerships, fundraisers and private donations. StreetSmart South Africa is registered as a Non-Profit Company, a Public Benefit Organisation and a Non-Profit Organisation.
To quote John Bunyan ”You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
For enquiries, contact Cape Camino on 084 844 7996 or email
and StreetSmart SA on 021 418 0621 or email
Alternatively, visit www.capecamino.co.za or www.streetsmartsa.org.za for more information.