The 2010 Streetsmart campaign was launched on Thursday in Cafe Paradiso. We have been participating in this annual event for a few years now, along with other leading restaurants in the city. It’s a simple idea but a very effective one – over the Chrismas period, the participating restaurants add €2 to each bill which is passed on directly and in full to the Simon Community to use in their campaign of support for homeless people in the city.
We have been strong supporters of this campaign since its beginning, believing that it is a wonderful way for restaurants and customers to come together to make a small but meaningful and practical contribution to the plight of homeless people.
This year, nine restaurants are taking part – Blair’s Inn, Cafe Paradiso, Continental Restaurant, Crawford Gallery Cafe, Hardwood Restaurant, Jacques, Les Gourmandises, Robert’s Cove Inn and Star Anise.
Here is a video of John McKenna’s speech at the launch of the campaign, in which he makes an eloquent and inspiring case for taking part in and supporting community based projects.
And a photo from the launch…