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Cash injection for Bright Lights

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives, handed over R35 000 to ACVV Bright Lights at an event at The Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West.

Since 1997, ACVV Bright Lights, a registered child and youth care centre, has helped high-risk children in the Helderberg basin reintegrate into the community and empowers them with alternatives to taking refuge on the streets.

The StreetSmart funds will go towards the salary of a social worker.

“We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to StreetSmart for the allocation for 2020,” says Andre Putter, social worker at ACVV Bright Lights.

“This will ensure we are able to provide a quality service to children in need. The motto of the ACVV comes to mind: ‘Together in service for the community”.

StreetSmart is a community initiative that raises funds for programmes, R5 at a time through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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 real change makers in their own communities.

These support social normalisation of vulnerable and street children, making a real difference to their lives.

“With the help of our generous supporters, StreetSmart continues to stand out as an important conduit of much needed funding for our beneficiary organisations,” says Melanie Burke, Chairperson of StreetSmart SA.

“In spite of current financial pressures making it harder for people to donate, StreetSmart will disburse more than R1 million to beneficiaries nationally for the sixth consecutive year, enabling us to support 38 programmes.

“We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving and we invite restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues to become StreetSmart in their local communities.”

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

StreetSmart SA is a registered public benefit organisation as well as a non-profit organisation, and ensures 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 put money into the hands of a street child for this keeps them on the streets. In essence, donating to StreetSmart, where they can eat, drink and sleep, is the responsible way to help a street child.

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

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