Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality, and cultivating a flame of charity in the heart; That’s why Longrain supports Dinesmart each year, helping to raise money to help homeless people living on the street.
Dinesmart kicked off on Wednesday contributing $1 per guest at Longrain until New Year’s Eve. Last year Cho Cho San, The Apollo and Longrain helped to raise over $150,000 for Streetsmart Australia and its charity initiatives.
One of the many local projects the restaurants has funded is The Milk Crate Theatre in Melbourne. Milk Crate uses performing arts to change the story of homelessness. It provides creative opportunities for participants to build confidence, skills and social connection to help make positive changes in their lives.
A recent participant said: "Milk Crate has enabled me to rebuild and find joy in my life...”
In NSW alone there are just over 37,000 people who were recorded as homeless during the 2016 Census and sadly that number is on the rise. CEO of Dinesmart and Streetsmart Adam Robinsnon says he started the charity because he believes no one should be without a safe and secure home.
“We work to support people who are homeless or at risk, and are working to end homelessness in Australia. Through innovative campaigns we enable and empower communities to raise vital funds and awareness to bring about change for people experiencing homelessness or are at risk.”
Longrain founder Sam Christie says while the support is optional for all diners coming in, a lot of those who end up homeless don’t have a choice in the circumstances that govern how homelessness happens to them.
“All my restaurants are surrounded by homeless shelters and people living rough on the streets of Surry Hills and Kings Cross,”
“It’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves at the end of the year and celebrating with friends and family but it’s also nice to know that all this revelry is making a difference to those who are doing it tough,” Christie said.
If you would like to know more about the contribution you are making by dining at Longrain this Christmas discover more about the Streetsmart & Dinesmart charity here. To discover the Milkcrate Theatre click here