Bid to support StreetSmart SA on online auction fundraiser

by | May 17, 2022 | Article, Wineland

StreetSmart SA has partnered with the online auction site, With Heart, to raise funds to help the country’s most vulnerable children, many of whom live on the streets.

Bidding on the withheart.co.za auction platform opens on Wednesday, 25 May until Thursday, 2 June. All the proceeds of the auction will go towards accredited organisations working towards normalising the lives of children in need through education, skills training and family reunification programmes.

The auction lots to go under the hammer include sought after items and experiences to spoil-yourself or a loved one. With Father’s Day coming up on 19 June, you may just find the perfect gift for your dad. All the auction items have been donated generously by friends of StreetSmart SA.

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StreetSmart SA on online auction fundraiser.

Auction highlights include accommodation at Belmond Mount Nelson, Wild Olive House at Bartholomeus Klip, Grand Dedale Country House and Knysna Hollow Country Estate, a Botlierskop Game Drive, a case of Villiera “The Clan” superior reds, a unique The Parlatones Memorabilia item, a Food Jams culinary experience, and many more.

StreetSmart primarily raises funds through partners in the hospitality industry who add a voluntary donation to their patrons’ bills. Every cent raised in this way goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children in the areas where the donations are made. The organisation was set up over 15 years ago under the patronage of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu by a group of concerned Capetonians representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries.

For more information on StreetSmart SA visit: www.streetsmartsa.org.za

 

ALSO READ: StreetSmart digs deep to foster change in Cape Winelands

StreetSmart South Africa is determined to continue changing the lives of our country’s most vulnerable children and their efforts have seen 29 individual programmes benefiting nationally from their fundraising efforts in 2021.

In the greater Cape Winelands area, StreetSmart raised just over R53 000 for their four beneficiaries: Home from Home, Ma’s vir Wellington, NorSA and the Thembalitsha Foundation.

The funds raised help these local organisations to retain social workers dealing with vulnerable children as well as equipment and stationery for educational programmes.

“On behalf of everyone at NorSA and the children we serve, a huge thank you to StreetSmart and their fundraising partners for their contribution and support. These funds make an enormous difference in the lives of our children and their parents in a tangible way,” says Petra Nel, project manager at NorSA Community Care in Wellington.

Peter Marx, executive director at Home from Home, also voices his gratitude: “Many thanks to the organisation for their ongoing support of the important work that we do. You continue to support us even in these times when it has been so difficult on the hospitality industry.

“We really don’t know how you manage to keep reinventing your role to still provide such crucial support to our SA communities. To you and every partner and supporter.”

There are currently 12 establishments in the Winelands that have embraced their vision to make a real difference to the lives of children at risk of living on the streets, through giving their guests the opportunity to be real change makers in their own communities.

“It has been a privilege for Rust en Vrede to be part of this campaign for over a decade. The organisation has such a tremendous impact on the lives of kids far less fortunate than most, and we are happy to continue in association with them on this noble path,” says Jean Engelbrecht, owner of Rust en Vrede Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

With their main source of funding under severe pressure because of the prolonged lockdowns, the NPO still managed to raise R780,000 nationally to help more than 2 000 vulnerable children and their families.

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