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StreetSmart South Africa was founded in 2005 by Margi Biggs in an effort to raise funds used to enable street children to live a viable life in society. Operated along the same lines as in the United Kingdom, San Francisco and Melbourne, it is a non-profit organisation. “StreetSmart’s goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation.
Our long-term vision is to expand StreetSmart South Africa into all major cities,” says Nils Heckscher, Managing Director of Winchester Mansions and member of the StreetSmart Board of Directors.
Participating restaurants display the StreetSmart card on the table to inform guests of a voluntary R5.00 donation that will be added to their bill giving them the option to donate more than R5.00 or not at all. The Winchester Mansions contributes additional funds to StreetSmart by donating the proceedings from auctioning off wines from featured winemaker at their monthly Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery evenings. StreetSmart raised more than R1 million since its inception in 2005 and held their annual stakeholders event at the Winchester Mansions to celebrate the valued support of their top restaurant contributors. Harveys restaurant at the Winchester Mansions proudly contributed R52 902.60 during 2008 and continues to support this initiative whilst encouraging neighbouring hotels and restaurants to participate.
All funds raised by participating restaurants were officially handed over to the StreetSmart patron Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus for distribution to the various beneficiary organisations.
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