StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, has launched in Oudtshoorn and is rallying restaurants and hospitality establishments to become involved in helping to rebuild the lives of the town’s children at risk.
The St Francis Drop-In Centre, providing daily services to street children, has received R25,000 raised through local StreetSmart partners to boost local community upliftment. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Karusa Wine Estate.
The donation is part of an allocation of over R1 million awarded nationally for the fourth consecutive year by StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children rebuild their lives, through donations from partner establishments in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN. Establishments in Oudtshoorn are now part of a network of restaurants, accommodation venues and wine cellars running this worthy initiative in the southern cape along with George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Nationally Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West, Wellington, Worcester, Swellendam, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are all doing their part.
Since 2013, the St Francis Drop-In, affiliated with FAMSA Karoo, runs youth development programmes in Oudtshoorn that form part of a holistic approach to assist children between the ages of 7-8 years. Their mission is to protect children against all forms of abuse and neglect through accessible services focusing on all levels of protection. The StreetSmart donation will go towards the Drop-In children’s activity programmes.
There are currently three restaurants in Oudtshoorn, the Restaurant @ Karusa Wine Estate, Restaurant @ Boulders Lodge & Spa and the Turnberry Restaurant, 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.
StreetSmart partner establishments and their guests are generously contributing to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable street children in their local communities. Nationally this partnership has raised R1,120,000.00 during 2017. 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.