Help StreetSmart Tackle Homelessness With CafeSmart

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MELBOURNE | CafeSmart is back for 2017, and is giving coffee lovers around Australia an easy way to help StreetSmart tackle homelessness.

The concept is simple. On 4 August 2017 cafes across the country will donate $1 for every coffee sold. This means people can be charitable simply by getting their daily caffeine fix, and the cafés will foot the bill. Of course, you’re more than welcome to donate more if you wish.

Since its beginnings in 2003, StreetSmart has raised more than $4.45 million to help Australia’s homeless via more than 1,414 projects and the 506 grassroots charities it supports nationwide. It’s a uniquely local campaign, with donations going towards projects in the area they were raised. What this means is that you’re actually helping your local neighbourhood. These are services that are serving up hot meals, putting roofs over people’s heads, and proving relief packages to people in need. It’s about providing a leg-up, rather than sending people packing into the cold

Even better, unlike many of these sorts of things, all donations go towards funding community projects. Sponsors and philanthropists cover operating costs.

Last year 540 cafes, 27 roasters and thousands of coffee drinkers raised over $160,000. This year the goal is to smash that tally, hit $200,000, and fund even more life changing services. Here’s a list of cafes that are participating in CafeSmart this year. Post photos of yourself or your coffee at participating cafes and help spread the world using the hashtags #CafeSmart and #HelpYourHood.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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