Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA), Basil May and Denver Februarie (Swellendam Bursary Fund)
StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives R5 rand at a time through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R30,000 to the Swellendam Bursary Fund. The handover took place at Field & Fork Restaurant in Swellendam.
The Swellendam Bursary Fund, the town’s StreetSmart beneficiary, provides support for promising local young people wishing to study at university or college, but who do not have the means to pay for their studies.
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.
Local StreetSmart steering committee f.l.t.r. Francois du Rand, Cathy van Eeden, Melanie Burke and Mari-Louise vd Merwe
The local committee which furthers the work of StreetSmart Swellendam, comprises Cathy van Eeden, Francois du Rand, Mari-Louise van der Merwe and Marjolein van Mourik.
“StreetSmart is such an easy to run initiative and it makes a huge difference in the lives of children and young people – right here in our community. We would like to see many more Swellendam establishments participating to give visitors to our town the opportunity to give responsibly and not in the hands of a begging child,” said Mari-Louise van der Merwe, Coordinator of StreetSmart Swellendam.
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.
18ZeroOne @ De Kloof Estate, Bergview Guesthouse, Elianthe Guesthouse, De Kloof Luxury Estate Boutique Hotel, Field & Fork, La Sosta Restaurant and Powell House Restaurant have all embraced StreetSmart and are making 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.
Photographer: Cathy Van Eeden