From l.t.r. Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Petra Nel (NorSA)
StreetSmart SA recently handed over R45,000 to NorSA at an event at Linton Park Wine Estatee, in Wellington. NorSA was established in 2006, with the main focus of changing the destiny of families and children in need. The community based projects under the auspices of NorSA invest in the lives of children by empowering them with opportunities to develop to their full potential.
From l.t.r. Mariza de Jager (Dinner for 20), Stephanie v Rensburg (Wellington Wines),Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA), Susan Kits (Linton Park) and Angelo Casu (Grand Dédale)
“We are excited to be selected and receive funding from StreetSmart for a social worker salary at our new project in Mfuleni, Linomtha House. This enables us to assist children to return to school, family reunification where needed, and therapeutic services to deal with emotional challenges. The Linomtha House is situated in the community, making it easy for them to approach us for support,” says Petra Nel, Project Manager, NorSA Community Care.
From l.t.r. StreetSmart Wellington Committee Xania vd Merwe and Susan Kits, with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) centre
StreetSmart is a community initiative that raises funds for programmes that support social normalisation of vulnerable and street children making a real difference to their lives, in partnership with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues. 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 real change makers in their own communities. Bain’s Caffé, Dinner for 20, Grand Dédale Country House, Linton Park Estate and Wellington Wines have embraced the StreetSmart initiative to make a difference in their community.
“With the help of our generous supporters, StreetSmart continues to stand out as an important conduit of much needed funding for our beneficiary organisations. In spite of current financial pressures making it harder for people to donate, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally for the sixth consecutive year, enabling us to support 38 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving and we invite restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues to become StreetSmart in their local communities,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
Photographs by: Andrew Swarts Photography