StreetSmart diners in Plettenberg Bay do it again in aid of vulnerable children

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children, at risk of becoming street children, rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R80,000 to their Plettenberg Bay beneficiaries for 2019.

Images: Michelle Brink 

Amber Ollewagen, manager at The Fat Fish

This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of R1,7 million distributed nationally for 2019 to organisations working with street children and children at risk of becoming street children.

“This amount is made possible by the generosity of the patrons and our partners, who in spite of tough economic circumstances still give to make a difference to the lives of children, R5 at a time!”, says Margi Biggs, founder of StreetSmart.

The Plettenberg Bay beneficiaries are Home from Home – Bitou Family Care and Masizame Project. The organisations will use the funds respectively for social work supervision and the salary of a family reunification worker.

Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) with Brenda Wall and Elaine Smith (Masizame)

“We would like to extend a big Thank You to StreetSmart and the local community for embracing this initiative so generously. We as Bitou Family Care are extremely grateful for the support we receive through our partner organisation, Home from Home. Through StreetSmart’s support we can provide event better service to help stabilise the lives of children in need,” says Elisabeth Wenz, co-founder of Bitou Family Care.

The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous, to continue the successful preventative work done in the Plettenberg Bay community.

Sybil Harker (Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous) with Melanie Burke (StreeSmart SA)

“It takes a collective effort to respond to a societal issue around vulnerable children and StreetSmart is such a collective response. When StreetSmart started in Plett, we had a real problem with children begging on the streets, but through responsible giving and active NGO’s, we now see the results of these preventative programmes. We invite more restaurants and accommodation establishments to be involved. We have come this far, let’s build on the momentum,” said Patty Butterworth, Coordinator of StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay. She leads the small committee of volunteers including Michelle Brink and Rose Grundlingh.

Patty Butterworth (StreetSmart Plett), Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Elisabeth Wenz (Bitou Family Care)

Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous; Ice Palazzo; Nguni Restaurant; Plett Wine Tours; The Fat Fish; The Med Seafood Bistro and The Pie Shop, are currently the six local establishments that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets. 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 making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable in their local communities.

“Through the generosity of our fundraising partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint. For the fifth consecutive year, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally, enabling us to support 35 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving via StreetSmart and we extend an invitation to restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues to become StreetSmart in their local areas,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.

StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business, and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and The Netherlands.

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 and children at risk of becoming 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, drink and sleep is the responsible way to help a vulnerable child.

For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart SA at Tel: 021 447 3227 email info@streetsmartsa.org.za or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.


StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay fundraising partners

Grand Rooms & Rendezvous
Ice Palazzo
Nguni Restaurant
Plett Wine Tours
The Fat Fish
The Med Seafood Bistro
The Pie Shop

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