Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Jonathan Gelderbloem (Kidstop)
StreetSmart SA, recently handed over R15,000 to an organisation caring for George’s most vulnerable children. The handover took place at 101 Meade Restaurant in George.
This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of over R1 million for 2020 distributed nationally to 38 programmes working with children at risk.
The StreetSmart George beneficiary is Kidstop Projects, and the funds donated will be utilised towards a child and youth care worker salary.
“Thank you to everyone who is part of the amazing StreetSmart initiative. I always say the street never gave birth to the children, that is why we prefer to call them children on the street rather than street children. We just need to be the glue that assists and takes the children back to their families. We encourage the children that the street is not an option; either go back home or back to school or go to the Kidstop Centre, because there children will find the necessary services to help them. Kidstop also encourages the public not to give on the street, because that keeps the children on the street. We are very grateful for your support of our work,” said Jonathan Gelderbloem, Director at Kidstop Projects.
StreetSmart George fundraising partners, (l.t.r.) Michael _ Sandra Cook, Anje Britz, Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Nelleke Elston LR
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.
“101 Meade has been part of the StreetSmart initiative for nearly four years, supporting the local Kidstop organisation. It is great to be able to educate our international, as well as local guests about responsible giving and what it means for kids to go back to their families. We at 101 Meade are like a family to each other, so we support StreetSmart in order to give children in need the opportunity to be part of a family again,” says Anje Britz, Restaurant Manager at 101 Meade Restaurant.
From l.t.r. Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Nelleke Elston (Whispering Oaks Guest House
Nelleke Elston of Whispering Oaks Guest House had this to add: “It is so amazing to us and our overseas guests to know that the StreetSmart funds raised stay here in George which is a wonderful way to give back to the community. Our guests appreciate the ease with which they can contribute. It is very special to be part of StreetSmart George.”
“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.
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