DineSmart – it’s the little things that help


It’s such a gloriously simple idea; go out for a meal, leave $2 and change lives.

Seriously.  How can anyone say no to that?

I have been a passionate supporter of StreetSmart for a few years now, and I am happy to lend my small voice to help spread the word of the very worthy work that they do.  Like me, at StreetSmart they believe that we can all do little things to help. Add up all those little actions from lots of people and you end up with a positive impact for people who are homeless.

StreetSmart tackles homelessness at the grassroots.  We are a unique bridge between the community and small, ‘hard to reach’ agencies and projects that assist people experiencing homelessness or at risk. We support critical services and emergency aid as well as projects that promote social inclusion, empowerment and sustainable change for people who are homeless.”

It doesn’t take much time or effort.  If you are going out for a meal in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas whether it be with friends family or colleagues – choose a restaurant that is participating in DineSmart.  The list can be found here.  Each table is asked to add $2 or more to the bill.  That is less than a cup of coffee, so get your fellow diners to dig deep and leave more as your donation.

A few things to note:

Please remember that your donation should not replace any tip you would usually leave, we want you to consider any donation over and above your tip and support the staff and restaurants who are supporting us.

100% of your donation goes to work:
StreetSmart operational expenses are funded through sponsorship partners allowing us to guarantee to the community that 100% of your donations are distributed directly to charity recipients.


You can help spread the word and make the 10th year of DineSmart the biggest year yet, win prizes and have a bit of fun by shooting your DineSmarts.

From 12th November – 9th December you can enter our photo competition and share your dine smarts.  Simply shoot pictures in your favourite DineSmart participating restaurant and upload them to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #shootyourdinesmarts #dinesmart.

It could be your food, your drink, your friends, the venue – whatever you want, but it has to be at a DineSmart participating restaurant.

What you have to do

  • choose a DineSmart restaurant
  • have a great night
  • ‘shoot your food’ ‘shoot your friends’ ‘shoot your night’… but shoot smart
  • share on twitter and instagram using #shootyourdinesmarts #dinesmart and tell us which restaurant you’re at.

Head to the StreetSmart website for more details and information about the competition, DineSmart and the people and agencies they support.

Please get involved and “dine out… help out” for the 6 weeks to Christmas




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