Before you start booking your Christmas work lunches and family dinners, consider this year’s list of participating DineSmart restaurants first. The grassroots charity initiative by StreetSmart, which for the past 10 years has called on restaurants to help local charities gather donations, is back for the holiday season.

From November 11 to December 31, each table from participating restaurants will be asked to add an extra $2 or more to their bill, which will go towards helping people who are homeless. Since launching in 2003, the initiative’s popularity has taken off. In 2012, DineSmart raised over $360,000 and they plan on raising the bar to $400,000 this year, to fund over 100 homeless projects.

In Sydney alone, there are 38 participating venues, ranging from hatted venues such as Longrain and The Apollo to the more casual options like Löwenbräu Keller and Bavarian Bier Cafe. So whether diners are enjoying a round of beers with work mates or a relaxed dinner with family members, it will be equally easy to spread the holiday cheer with a donation.

Not sure where your nearest DineSmart restaurant is? We’re lending a hand to our friends at StreetSmart by assigning a DineSmart ‘stamp’ next to the participating restaurants in our venue directory, and you will be able to search by ‘DineSmart restaurants’ too. To find the complete list of participating DineSmart restaurants across Australia, visit the website.

streetsmartaustralia.org