With little effort on your part, you can be well on your way.
Do you own a café, restaurant or winery? Are you a coffee wholesaler? You can assist StreetSmart by becoming a participating venue, helping raise awareness and funds for this cause, giving you notoriety and prestige at the same time.
Ahmets Turkish Restaurant in South Bank, Brisbane was 3rd in fundraising last year. You too can be on the Champion list.
StreetSmart was started in the United Kingdom, then spread to Australia, the United States, South Africa, India and Canada, with the movement growing to raise funds to help alleviate some of the tragedies of the homeless and people in need.
According to the StreetSmart website there are many reasons that people are on the streets. Poor mental health, family breakdowns, debt, lease expiration, gambling and substance abuse are some of the leading contributing factors. People find themselves homeless with nowhere to go or no one to help them. Shelters have limited spaces.
Over 100,000 people each day are homeless. Of these, over 1/2 are females with children, domestic violence being the biggest contributor to this sad statistic.
Established in Australia 10 years ago, StreetSmart has become a nationwide success. StreetSmart have helped to grow this movement of giving and brotherhood. Read about who they help and be inspired by the stories. There is quite a substantial list where small donations have made an enormous impact.
On August 8, 2014 here in Australia, CafeSmart will reach out once again to the community. They are hoping for more vendors to help out this year. Last year 18 coffee wholesalers were in on this as well. StreetSmart would like to see those numbers grow this year. You can enter your business to become part of the movement if you're a café owner or a wholesaler.
Then come November and December, DineSmart comes to town. Check the list of participating restaurants, as well as wineries. As a diner, a small donation would be added to your bill then submitted to StreetSmart where 100% of all donations go to fund the grants that ultimately help these folks.