Restaurants and diners team up to fight homelessness

DineSmart

DineSmart ambassadors.

Restaurants are now invited to sign up for DineSmart 2018, an annual campaign that has been running since 2003 where restaurateurs partner with their diners in the lead-up to Christmas to raise funds for homeless organisations.

DineSmart, an initiative of StreetSmart, has so far raised over $5million for 569 grassroots homeless organisations, sparking a number of innovative projects that are leading local responses to homelessness.

Restaurants that sign up this year join a long list of industry leaders. Last year, top fundraisers included Café Sydney, Chin Chin, Longrain, Red Spice Road, Higher Ground, Vaporetto and Stalactites.

Big or small, CBD or regional, fine dining or casual, all restaurants can be part of the DineSmart community.

The campaign runs from 21 November – 31 December and the goal is to raise at least $250,000 for homelessness projects during the busy run into Christmas.

“We think it’s important for business to give back to their local community—and DineSmart is such an effective, simple way to effect meaningful change in people’s lives. Our team love being involved,” said Sam Christie of Longrain, The Apollo and Cho Cho Sans.

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