Le Quartier Français was the top fund raiser out of a total of 63 StreetSmart affiliated restaurants in the Western Cape which add a voluntary R5 donation to the bill of every table in aid of this worthy cause.
The top five performing StreetSmart restaurants are Le Quartier Français (R49 281), Harveys Restaurant at Winchester Mansions (R45 210), The Table Bay Hotel's The Atlantic (R36 580), Jardine (R36 102.50) and Nonna Lina (R33 340).
During 2010 StreetSmart SA raised a record amount of R1.3 million, which is, R300 000 more than the previous year.
"We are very proud to be supporters of StreetSmart and it has made a huge difference to our community. Our staff are committed to raising the funds and very motivated by the fact that our guests are so generous and willing to contribute to this initiative." says owner of Le Quartier Français, Susan Huxter.
As a registered Public Benefit Organisation and Non Profit Organisation, StreetSmart, is committed to contributing every cent donated by diners towards its six beneficiaries: Learn to Live, Ons Plek, The Homestead, Youth Empowerment Action (YEA), Home from Home in Vrygrond, Cloetesville and Kayamandi.
StreetSmart is well established in Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Helderberg and raised just under R4 million since its inception in June 2005. It currently has 63 restaurants all contributing towards social development and educational upliftment projects for street children in their respective areas.
"It is vitally important that the public do not give children money on the street. This will just keep them on the street. Rather they should suggest the child goes to one of the shelters who can really help these marginalised little ones," explains chairperson Margi Biggs.
Funds for StreetSmart are raised by participating restaurants adding an optional R5 donation to each table's bill. This donation is voluntary and diners are welcome to contribute more should they wish to do so.
StreetSmart SA, was set up by a group of concerned Capetonians and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, San Francisco and Australia.
Restaurants interested in signing up can log on to www.streetsmartsa.org.za, where easy-to-follow steps will be provided.
The 63 participating restaurants in StreetSmart SA are:
221 Waterfront (V & A Waterfront)
3-Thirteen @ The Peninsula Hotel (Sea Point)
6 Spin Street (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Amici @ Cape Town Hollow (Cape Town)
Aubergine (Cape Town)
Azure @ The 12 Apostles Hotel (Camps Bay)
Bizerca (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Bo-Kaap Kombuis (Bo-Kaap, Cape Town)
Boo Radley's (Cape Town)
Brooklands House (Rosebank, Cape Town)
Catharina's @ Steenberg Hotel (Tokai)
Chenin Restaurant (Cape Quarter, Green Point)
Eat @ Altydgedacht (Durbanville)
Emily's (V & A Waterfront)
Fork (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Frieda's on Bree (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Harveys @ Winchester Mansions (Sea Point)
Jardine (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Mezzaluna (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Myoga @ Vineyard Hotel (Newlands)
Nonna Lina (Gardens, Cape Town)
Pepper Club on the Beach (Camps Bay)
Pure @ Hout Bay Manor (Hout Bay)
Ritz Restaurant (Sea Point)
Savoy Cabbage (City Bowl, Cape Town)
Societi Bistro (City Bowl, Cape Town)
The Atlantic @ Table Bay Hotel ( V & A Waterfront)
Tobago's @ Radisson Blu Hotel (Granger Bay)
Toni's on Kloof (Gardens, Cape Town)
Trisha Delisha's (City Bowl)
Voila! (Cape Quarter, Cape Town)
Yindee's Thai Restaurant (Gardens, Cape Town)
Bread & Wine (Franschhoek)
French Connection (Franschhoek)
Fyndraai @ Solms-Delta (Franschhoek)
Haute Cabrière (Franschhoek)
Le Bon Vivant (Franschhoek)
Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek)
Monneaux @ Franschhoek Country House
The Grill Room (Franschhoek)
Dornier Bodega Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Majeka House Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Morgenhof Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Oemf Eethuis (Stellenbosch)
Overture @ Hidden Valley Wines (Stellenbosch)
Restaurant Christophe (Stellenbosch)
Rust en Vrede (Stellenbosch)
The Big Easy (Stellenbosch)
Wedgeview Country House & SPA (Stellenbosch)
Café Zest (Somerset West)
Gecko's Bistro (Somerset West)
L'Vintage Rose (Somerset West)
Surfside Restaurant & Bistro (Strand)
Sweetwell Restaurant (Somerset West)
Waterkloof (Somerset West)
Die Sitrus (Citrusdal)
Freedom Hill Restaurant (Paarl)
Glen Carlou (Paarl)
The Attic (Parkhurst, Johannesburg)