StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng, has handed over R180 000 to their Gauteng beneficiaries for 2016, at their respective handover events in Pretoria and Johannesburg. The Pretoria beneficiary is PEN and the raised funds will be used towards a social worker salary.
The Johannesburg beneficiary is Kids Haven and they will be using their funding towards the salaries of the Bridging School Programme Facilitator, and the Youth Manager.
StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners make a difference in the lives of street children and other children at risk – simply by where they choose to dine. Nationally this partnership has raised more than R1 050 000 during 2015, for organisations that are actively involved with social development of vulnerable children and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.
StreetSmart South Africa has also given substantial financial support for 2016 to beneficiary organisations in other areas, namely Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek,TLC Outreach Projects and Zip Zap Circus’ 2nd Chance Programme in Cape Town, The Kusasa Project in Franschhoek; Home from Home in Stellenbosch; The Bursary Fund in Swellendam; Masizame in Plettenberg Bay, and Thembalitsha Early Childhood Development programme in Grabouw, is funded from money raised in the Helderberg area.
|“The StreetSmart contribution to Kids Haven’s Bridging School and Youth Skills Programmes means that children who had been placed at a disadvantage due to their circumstances learn to heal in the rehabilitation programme in the bridging school, and then they acquire mastery over small tasks in the youth skills programme, which makes them realise they are capable of bigger things. They can then go on to reach for their dreams and realise their full potential,” said Moira Simpson, Founder of Kids Haven.
Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to. Partnering with restaurants is the bedrock of the StreetSmart fundraising and restaurants are urged to sign up, to make a long-term difference in their communities and in the life of a child.
||“2015 has been another exceptional year for StreetSmart SA! We celebrated 10 years this year, expanded our support to 23 programmes, and for the second time, StreetSmart will be disbursing over 1 million rand to beneficiaries nationally. This is only possible through successful partnerships and promoting responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
Every cent raised in StreetSmart restaurants goes to our selected beneficiary programmes. To cover operational and expansion costs, StreetSmart relies on partnerships with business, fundraising initiatives and private donations.