“StreetSmart are awesome!! Thank you so much” said Kate Amand, Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth.
StreetSmart Australia is a not-for-profit organization that in reality provides a social profit to help all Australians. They raise the funds so that others at the front line can get on with the job of practically helping people experiencing homelessness.
StreetSmart have some very special ways of raising funds. During their annual DineSmart initiative you can dine out and help out by holding your personal or professional celebrations each December at participating restaurants all over Australia.
The 185 restaurants around Australia currently participating in DineSmart until December 24, 2012 are reporting great support from diners said leading light Adam Robinson in his last newsletter of 2012. The event has been generously supported by the thousands of people leaving $2, and special efforts such as Andrew at Pizza D’Oh who raised $1600 at his own Birthday party, the team at Ole in Brisbane partnering with Fino Fine Foods to raise $1000 and the 2 wonderful tables of diners at Oskars on Burleigh who donated $200.
If you haven’t dined out yet check out the list of participating restaurants.
CafeSmart is held annually, when you can gather your family, colleague and friends and enjoy your favourite coffee at a participating Cafe. Just on 75,000 people participated in 2012 with $74,995 being the sum raised in $1 increments. Make a note in your diary now – Friday the 7th June will be the day for CafeSmart 2013 - stay tuned for info next year.
All Stars Events are held in different states at different times. Tickets always sell out fast! On 10th March 2013 in Melbourne Sam Christie at Longrain will host seven of Melbournes top restaurateurs at a shared table as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event. They will all present dishes and matched wine for your enjoyment. Tickets go on sale 1st February so make a note in your diary NOW if you would like to grab a party, celebrate a truly unique occasion and help others.
As we wrap up 2012 the latest data released reveals an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
Many won’t have safe and secure places to call home over the holiday period so please give your support where you can.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 2012