Dine Smart and Change a Life

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Following the outstanding success of StreetSmart Australia’s CafeSmart campaign, yesterday saw the launch of the organisation’s sister campaign, DineSmart.

Since starting in 2003, the DineSmart campaign has raised over $2.4 million dollars, simply by asking restaurant patrons to add a small $2 donation to their bill. Now in its twelfth year, the campaign’s simple formula makes it easy for anyone to get involved and raise much-needed funds for local grassroots charities supporting homelessness. All funds collected are donated directly to support homeless refuges and charities that have been selected based on their need and proximity to participating restaurants. Uniquely, all administrative costs to run StreetSmart are covered through sponsorship and volunteer efforts.

StreetSmart Australia CEO Adam Robinson encourages diners to make the most of Christmas celebrations and support their neighbourhood charities in the process: “Dining out is a popular social activity, especially during the silly season, and DineSmart is a small but effective way to help those in need,” Robinson said.

“Everyone can take part in DineSmart and make a valuable contribution – from simply organising your annual work Christmas party at a StreetSmart restaurant, to booking a table with a group of friends,” Robinson added.

A complete list of participating restaurants can be viewed at http://www.streetsmartaustralia.org/findrestaurant.

Donations can be made at any time on the StreetSmart website http://www.streetsmartaustralia.org/getinvolved.

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