It is 2020 and StreetSmart South Africa celebrates its 15th anniversary of changing children’s lives R5 at a time.
Founded in Cape Town in 2005, StreetSmart SA has raised R11,6 million over 15 years in aid of 31 organisations caring for street children and children at risk of living on the streets.
StreetSmart raises funds in partnership with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng.
These donations are disbursed annually to beneficiary organisations involved in education, skills training and family reunification of vulnerable children.
To celebrate this incredible 15 year milestone, StreetSmart acknowledged their Top 15 contributors for 2019 at a function in Cape Town: La Mouette, Gold Restaurant, Nonna Lina, Moyo Zoo Lake, Chatters Bistro, Foliage, The Fat Fish – Plett, Wellington Wines, Nguni Restaurant, Jordan Restaurant, Stacked Diner, Aubergine, Belvidere Manor, Social Eatery @ Knysna Hollow, and Moyo @ Kirstenbosch.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be at the top of StreetSmart’s annual contributors list. Thank you to each and every diner who helped out by eating out,” said Mari Vigar of La Mouette.
Congratulations to La Mouette (Cape Town), GOLD Restaurant (Cape Town), Nonna Lina (Cape Town), Moyo Zoo Lake (Johannesburg) and Chatters Bistro (Knysna) for being StreetSmart’s Top 5 Fundraising Restaurants in 2019.
“Over the past 15 years I have constantly been reminded of people’s generosity. South Africans really care for those in need, they just need to know how to help. StreetSmart has shown how easy it is to make a difference,” says StreetSmart Founder Margi Biggs, who thanked the many restaurants and volunteers who have travelled along this 15 year journey with StreetSmart.
“Donating to StreetSmart where you eat, drink and sleep is the responsible way to help a street child,” explains Chairperson Melanie Burke, one of StreetSmart’s founder members. Another founder member who still serves on the StreetSmart board today is well known Cape Town hotelier, Nils Heckscher.
Starting from humble beginnings in June 2005 with 10 Cape Town restaurants raising R1 644, StreetSmart has grown to 100 partner establishments and has disbursed over R1 million per year for the past six years to beneficiary organisations. Expanding steadily from year to year, StreetSmart is currently represented in 12 towns and cities in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng.
Communities where StreetSmart partner establishments are situated benefit directly from this initiative as all donations received stay in the area and are utilised for local upliftment programmes.