23 April 2020
Dear Friends of StreetSmart SA
We want to reach out to our Fundraising Partners and their workers, who at the moment have no work - our thoughts are with you.
We had hoped to come out of lockdown earlier this month but circumstances regarding the Coronavirus pandemic have made this impossible. Our President has asked us to endure another two weeks of lockdown and indications are that this may take even longer than we expect. We remain hopeful and continue to refine our organisation’s responses to the coronavirus pandemic as we encourage people to give responsibly and raise funds for those in need.
The very essence of StreetSmart South Africa’s fundraising efforts relies on R5 donations received from the public who eat at restaurants, stay at guesthouses and raise a glass at wine tasting venues. In this way, we have been able to raise more than R1 million annually for 38 beneficiary programmes for vulnerable children that support education, skills development and family reunification in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Garden Route.
Social distancing measures imposed right now means that our restaurant, accommodation and wine tasting partners are all under lockdown and our ability to raise funds for our beneficiaries is under severe pressure. Fortunately, when one door closes another door opens. With so many of us at home cooking more meals than usual and eating in, we have come up with a new concept: ‘Dine in. Do Good’ as an interim measure we could include in our lives during the lockdown.
We are asking our friends of StreetSmart, to donate the equivalent of R5 a day (that’s a quarter of the cost of your regular cappuccino) for 30 days - a total of R150. Of course if you can afford more, we will be so grateful. These funds will enable us to fund our beneficiaries at the end of the year.
You may rest assured that every cent raised in this way will go to our beneficiaries and will not be used for any StreetSmart operational expenses.
To donate, please make your payment to the StreetSmart SA bank account at Nedbank Foreshore Branch Number 108 309, Account Number: 108 33444 39; Swift code: Ned SZA JJ, with DIDG and your cell phone number as your reference.
The words by John Bunyan, on which our StreetSmart SA foundation is built, has never been more true...: “You haven’t lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
StreetSmart South Africa Board Members