StreetSmart has launched DineSmart 2018, a campaign that sees venues ask diners to leave a small donation on their bill to fight homelessness.
This year, there are more than 125 participating restaurants and the campaign, which hopes to raise at least $250,000 for homelessness projects during the busy run into Christmas.
Now entering its 16th year, DineSmart has helped to raise more than $5million in essential funds for 569 grassroots homeless organisations, sparking a number of innovative projects that are leading local responses to homelessness.
“Christmas is a time when many people struggle, particularly those who are homeless. On the flip side, many of us are out and about having a good time, catching up with family and friends. DineSmart is a simple idea that gives us all the opportunity to chip in a small donation to help fund some critically important and innovative community projects,” StreetSmart Founder and CEO Adam Robinson says.
“What else will you do with $1 this Christmas that will have such a profound impact on someone’s life?”
DineSmart has sparked a number of projects that are leading local responses to homelessness. Organisations such as Orange Sky Laundry, Homie, The Street Socceroos, FareShare, Wear for Success, and Second Bite, all received early funding from DineSmart, which StreetSmart says has gone on to have a lasting impact.
DineSmart welcomes new restaurants to the campaign, including Broadsheet Kitchen at Saint Crispin, Noir Restaurant, Supernormal, Ryne, Nighthawk Diner, Luke’s Kitchen, La Cache a Vin and more.
The campaign ends 31 December.
For more information, visit www.streetsmartaustralia.org/dinesmart