StreetSmart 2019: Pictured at the Novas Center on Tuesday, October 8 is Una Burns, Head of Policy and Communications Novas, Brian Cuddy, Street Smart Project Manager and Aoife Boyle, Housing First Manager. Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.
StreetSmart & The SCOOP revisit Limerick with a €3,000 cheque for Novas
Brian Cuddy, the brains behind the successful homelessness-aid initiative, StreetSmart, has returned to Limerick with The SCOOP to make their first donation to Novas in support of the great work they do in Limerick to help those experiencing homelessness.
This will be StreetSmarts third Christmas operating the Dine Out Help Out campaign in the Tuscany Bistro restaurants in Limerick and its aim is to activate a proactive community in the hospitality industry by diners and customers being asked to add €2 onto their meals to go towards a charity of the restaurants choice.
As StreetSmart founder, Brian Cuddy says, “Less than the price of a cup of coffee, but all them 2euros add up”.
Over €120,000 has been raised in the past five years since StreetSmart was set up- all of which has gone on to help homeless charities such as The Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland, Irish Soup Kitchen Centers, Novas and many more.
The difference with this initiative compared to others, is that the money collected goes directly to the restaurant who personally choose and deliver it to a charity of their choice in the area. This means if the money is collected in Limerick, it stays in Limerick. The impact of the money in question comes into fruition in the same place it’s collected, making it a better place.
In 2018, StreetSmart joined forces with SCOOP, a foundation with a similar aim to help those most vulnerable in the world. Amongst these include doctors in war zones, school builds, local teacher training in developing countries, homelessness on our own doorsteps and many more other deserving causes.
SCOOP use creative fundraising to achieve their aims through initiatives including art, music and social events.
StreetSmart’s goal for 2019/2020 is to grow this initiative even further by getting more restaurants and generous diners on board.
Brian said, “The StreetSmart campaign is run on a shoestring 10% budget and that’s all down to the host of people and organisations generously giving their time, skills and love for free! We want this to be at 100% and are seeking Corporate sponsorship”.
If your company would like to join in on this campaign and have your name and logo featured on StreetSmarts table cards, visible to over 250k diners during the festive period then Brian encourages you to reach out via social media or their website as they would love to work with you and combat homelessness together.
Why not choose a StreetSmart restaurant when choosing where you’ll have your next family get together, catch up with friends or Christmas party!
“Taking part in this feel-good campaign will build relationships and strengthens us as a community. And at the end we can all give each other a pat on the back for being more proactive about homelessness in our city.”
For a full list of participating restaurants click here.
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