What should have been a year of celebrating StreetSmart’s 15th anniversary of making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, turned into a year of relentless challenges brought about by COVID-19’s devastating impact on StreetSmart’s major source of fundraising. Despite the various phases of lockdown affecting the hospitality industry, StreetSmart managed to raise a total of R615 000 to support 35 organisations working with the country’s most vulnerable children for 2021.
In the broader Cape Town area, StreetSmart fundraising partners and their patrons raised R270,000 for their 9 beneficiaries. The funds raised help these local organisations towards retaining aftercare teachers, outreach workers, training instructors, as well as social and auxiliary social workers working with vulnerable children.
|“We are most grateful to StreetSmart for their support and remain deeply touched and motivated by the concern shows towards the children in our care. StreetSmart's support makes it possible for the Homestead to successfully stabilise children away from the streets, and to heal, develop and educate them towards an empowered, self-sustainable and healthy future,” says Paul Hooper, director of The Homestead based in Khayelitsha.|
Colleen Pietersen, founder of T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Table View, also expresses her gratitude: “We would like to thank StreetSmart for their kind donation during the trying times with COVID -19. Thank you for believing in what we do and supporting us to continue with our community educational outreach to school-going youth.”
Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to a patron’s bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to. There are currently 23 establishments in Cape Town that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of children at risk of living on the streets, through giving their guests the opportunity to be real change makers in their own community.
“Societi Bistro is proud to support such a worthy cause! We are very privileged to be so well supported by locals and tourists alike, and StreetSmart’s seamless and ethical method of supporting local children and youth makes it an effortless experience for all concerned,” says Peter Weetman, owner of Societi Bistro Restaurant.
StreetSmart invites more businesses to make a real, long-term difference in their local communities R5 at a time by becoming fundraising partners.
“StreetSmart’s fundraising was severely impacted by the lockdown, but in spite of current financial pressures, we are still grateful to be able to disburse funds to support this life-changing work with vulnerable children,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
StreetSmart SA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non-profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by guests goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, donating to StreetSmart where you eat, sleep, taste and enjoy is the responsible way to help a street child.
Find the Cape Town fundraising partners HERE where you can Help Out by donating to StreetSmart on your bill.