Make a Difference This Christmas – help people experiencing homelessness

Have you ever found yourselves homeless? It is a helpless position to be in, not one that anyone would really choose.

StreetSmart Australia is a unique organization who help people experiencing homelessness.

They have a simple idea that really works. They have partnered with many great Australian restaurants in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne where, in the lead-up to Christmas, every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water.

It’s a simple idea but it adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.

The Dine Out Event is now on and its easy to find a restaurant

Would you help make a difference please. If you are planning a night out personally or professionally  think about taking a simple action and book at a StreetSmart participating restaurant.

For every gold coin you add will you show that you mean action. While you are there encourage your fellow diners to dig deep and leave your donation on your bill.

Be it meeting up with friends, family or an office or business function we need you to get involved.

Log onto the StreetSmart Website for the list of participating restaurants and choose to have your function where it makes a difference this Christmas. When money is raised from the public through the StreetSmart ‘dine out …help out’ fundraising events, 100 per cent of donations are distributed in the form of grants.

To date StreetSmart have raised and distributed over $1,180,000 to 272 grassroots projects.

All Stars Launch Dinner at Brisbane 2010 - At ECCO

Restaurant campaign results:

2003: Our first campaign in Melbourne raised $16,574.
2004: diners at 45 restaurants in Victoria raised $45,482.
2005: diners at 77 restaurants and wineries across Victoria raised $78,829.
2006: diners at 147 restaurants and wineries raised $114,721. We expanded the initiative further into regional Victoria and New South Wales.
2007: diners at 185 restaurants raised $224,000 in Victoria, NSW/ACT and Queensland.

2008: diners at 238 restaurants helped to raise over $260,000 plus $100,000 for Bush Fire Survivors

2009: diners at 250 restaurants, our online fundraising and events raised over $350,000

“We want more restaurants to participate and more diners to choose to go StreetSmart, this way we can change more lives.”

StreetSmart tackles homelessness at the grassroots.  It is a unique bridge between the community and small, ‘hard to reach’ agencies and projects that assist people experiencing homelessness or at risk. They support critical services and emergency aid as well as projects that promote social inclusion, empowerment and sustainable change for people who are homeless.

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