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Thank You – DineSmart 2018 Raises $245,054

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For over 16 years, DineSmart applies the simple model of asking diners to chip in an extra $1 on their bill and granting those donations to combat homelessness in the local community. Sadly, homelessness is on the rise and on any given night there are an estimated 116,000 people without a safe, secure place to call home. With unprecedented demand, and shrinking funding, the funds raised by DineSmart have become an essential lifeline for front line grassroots services and been a key source of funding for innovative ideas.

From November 21st – December 31st, 108 participating restaurants activated the campaign by educating diners on local community projects and seeking support- resulting in $245,054 being raised. This was a huge effort up 27% on 2017.

The exciting part is now we get to process the funds and start giving out the community grants in a few weeks! The total of funds raised through StreetSmart campaigns now reaches over $5.6 million, supporting over 600 community organisations across Australia.

The support and commitment shown by all restaurant and café owners and their staff continues to amaze us. DineSmart works because we have a community of caring restaurant owners and staff and generous customers – it’s a great partnership! We would like to thank our longstanding restaurants and welcome the new additions. 2018 had great continued support from our sponsors UberEats, Broadsheet and OpenTable.

Fundraising Awards

All our partners play an important role in helping us reach our tally, but some go a little bit further, so we always like to acknowledge the life changing contribution made by our top fundraisers.  The teams at Chin Chin and Cafe Sydney continued on from last year as our Champs and Runners Up.  Both venues have now raised close to $150,000 since joining the event.  Team Stalactites has now reached the milestone of  $75,000.  The impact of this effort cannot be underestimated.  Ten partner restaurants have been helping for 10 years or more and their loyalty to the event and the community has been what has sustained us.

We always need new venues to come on board and this year Supernormal joined the team and instantly had a great impact.  Andrew McConnell’s restaurants have been involved for 15 years and the team got right behind the event with amazing results.  Other new participants topping the fundraising were Pastuso, Hawker Hall, Asado and La Cache a Vin.

Windy Point flew the flag for us in Adelaide and made the Top 5 again this year, meaning we will be able to support a number of organisations on the ground there.  In Sydney the trio of Longrain, The Apollo and  Cho Cho San once again topped the charts and made a big contribution to the NSW tally and projects we can support in inner Sydney. New last year TipoOO improved their tally and made the Top 10, while The Spaghetti House in Brisbane were Top 10 and our QLD Champs.  Hanoi Hannah in Elsternwick improved their fundraising more than any other venue.

A huge thanks to our 2018 Award winners…

National Top 10 Fundraiser Awards Restaurant Name State
National Top Fundraiser Champion Chin Chin VIC
National Top Fundraiser Award – Runner Up Cafe Sydney NSW
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 3 Supernormal VIC
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 4 Stalactites Restaurant VIC
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 5 Windy Point Restaurant SA
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 6 Longrain Sydney NSW
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 7 The Apollo NSW
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 8 Pastuso VIC
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 9 Tipo 00 VIC
National Top Fundraiser Award – # 10 The Spaghetti House Trattoria QLD
Beat Your Best Award Champion Hanoi Hannah – Elsternwick VIC
Best New Restaurant Award Supernormal VIC

Where the diners and donations came from

VICTORIA $171,842
TOTAL $254,045

The coastal dining scene is booming and so were our venues in Port Macquarie – The Stunned Mullet, Burger Rebellion, Drury Lane, Botanic Wine Garden, Bandwagon and Bills Fishhouse (pictured)

Asado Bar & Grill – The sparkling brand-new venue as part of the Palermo, Pastuso and San Telmo family, cooking up a storm in Melbourne

The Melbourne institution – Moroccan Soup Bar. The team did a fantastic job at educating diners about homelessness whilst serving up their tasty menu

The team at Supernormal, Melbourne. All we can say is WOW! What a great team and genuine approach to DineSmart!

Broadsheet Kitchen opened its doors and did a great job at raising funds whilst kick starting a fantastic new venue


Coffee Lovers Unite For CafeSmart’s Record Year – plus Awards!

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On the 4th August 763 cafes and 50 Coffee Roasters teamed up with their customers to raise over $200,000. HOW GOOD IS THAT! It was a massive community effort resulting in an increase in donations of 25% (on 2016 results) so we are all pretty chuffed!

A huge thanks and a hearty slap on the back to everyone who participated and chipped into the CafeSmart pot, all those micro donations really add up. We are now busy working to distribute these funds to support local homeless services and will announce recipients in late November. CafeSmart is all about the $1 micro donation and how we can all take action and chip in to make a difference. We love and appreciate all our CafeSmart supporters and participants, and it is certainly the case that the sum is more than the parts, however, we also like to acknowledge our top contributors…

Roaster Awards

The drivers of CafeSmart are our Roaster Partners. They help us connect with the industry and cafes across the country. Coffee Roasters are the engine room of CafeSmart. Our 2017 Roaster Champs were the awesome crew at Single O who recruited and supported 64 of their wholesale customers. A close second and runners up were long-time supporters Five Senses. Our Top Five Coffee Roasters were…

  • Single O
  • Five Senses
  • Campos Coffee
  • Allpress
  • Axil Coffee Roasters
The Single O team take out the Top Roaster Award

The Single O team take out the Top Roaster Award

2017 Café Fundraising Awards

This year we had 30% more cafes involved across Australia with a big jump in NSW and QLD. This means that more homeless projects in those States will be funded and more people helped. Every café who gets involved has an impact on their community, and in some cases cafes go beyond the call of duty. Hats off to our top fundraisers…

The team at Yellow Bernard in Hobart were once again our National Fundraising Champions raising a staggeringly huge $1,686, and Two Chaps in Marrickville were our Runners Up raising an equally amazing $1,541. Single O CBD in Sydney were our ‘Beat Your Best’ Champs increasing their Year on Year tally by the most, and the ‘Best New Café’ went to The Grounds in the City in Sydney. This year we also introduced the ‘Collection Box Challenge’ which was won by On The Go Espresso in Marcoola, Sunshine Coast, who collected $822.50 from their very generous customers. We also acknowledge cafes and people who shone as our Community Champions – putting in a huge effort to make CafeSmart such a success.

David and team at Yellow Bernard, Hobart, Top Fundraisers Award

David and team at Yellow Bernard, Hobart, Top Fundraisers Award

The Full List of Awards…

Fundraising Awards Café Name
National Fundraising Champions Yellow Bernard
National Top Fundraiser Runners Up Two Chaps Cafe
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No. 3 The Grounds of Alexandria
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No. 4 Kwik Koffee Busselton
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No.5 Higher Ground
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No.6 The Grounds of the City
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No. 7 Yelo
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No.8 Single O - Surry Hills
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No.9 Axil Coffee Roasters - HQ
Top 10 National Fundraisers - No. 10 Top Paddock
Beat Your Best Champs Single O - CBD CAFÉ
Beat Your best runners up On The Go Espresso
Beat Your Best - No.3 Kwik Koffee Busselton
Beat Your Best - No.4 Flock Espresso & Eats
Beat Your Best - No.5 The Cog
National Best New Café The Grounds of the City
Best New Café runners up Axil Coffee Roasters - Chadstone
Best New Café - No.3 Le Grove Cafe
Best New Café - No.4 Padre Coffee Sth Melb Mkt
Best New Café - No.5 Milky Joe's
State Champs
ACT Stand By Me
NSW Two Chaps Café
NT Laneway Specialty Coffee
QLD On The Go Espresso
SA Taste the Yorke
TAS Yellow Bernard
VIC Higher Ground
WA Kwik Koffee Busselton
Collection Box Challenge - Winner On The Go Espresso
Collection Box Challenge- Runner up Yellow Bernard
Collection Box Challenge - 3rd Taste the Yorke
Collection Box Challenge - 4th Kwik Koffee Busselton
Collection Box Challenge - 5th Single O - Surry Hills
Community Champions Awards Alowishus Delicious
Danni Mann - Besser Kitchen
Dave Humphrys - On the Go Espresso
Mrs P's
Pioneer Coffee Roasters
Stand By Me Café
Two Chaps Café
Vertue of the Coffee Drink
Yellow Bernard

We couldn’t raise these funds without the support of our event sponsors so a huge shout out and thanks to SKIP (our Principal Sponsors), Broadsheet, La Marzocco and Ordermate for their financial support and commitment to the event and cause, and for the help from supporters Cargo Crew and Beanscene.

Photo Competition

We had over 1250+ photos posted to social media – check out the winners here.
And a selection from the event in our Facebook Photo Album

Finally – thanks to everyone who drank a brew or two on the day and chipped in to help us support people across our communities doing it tough.