Chatting to St Mary’s deputy head >> Jo Kinsey inspires others.

2016-08-09 06:00
St Mary’s Jo Kinsey. Photo:  supplied

St Mary’s Jo Kinsey. Photo: supplied

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NOTHING is more pleasing than to see someone who cares for a community and Jo Kinsey (52), lives up to this by showing care in every way possible.

Kinsey grew up in Mpumalanga where she described her childhood as being “happy­”.

“I spent most of my childhood with family and extended family and anyone else who chose to be family. I grew up in a home where an extra few mouths to feed was normal.

“I went to Pretoria Girls’ High for Standard 6 and Standard 7 and then to Witbank High School where I matriculated.

“I studied a B.Com accounting at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed my higher diploma in education through Unisa.”

Kinsey is the Deputy Head: Pastoral at St Mary’s DSG Kloof. Her role is to oversee things non-academic.

“I oversee extramural activities, sport, cultural, chapel as well as the community service projects at school. St Mary’s has an extensive social responsibility and community service programme.

“I spent two weeks in Rwanda in 2014 with Hope Global, helping to educate teachers, in particular early childhood development teachers. My time in Rwanda was life-changing. I realised I was able to bring whatever was in my hand and my heart and make a difference to many.

“I also worked with the A21 campaign to bring awareness about human trafficking in our country.

“I had the privilege of heading the Street Store initiative in the Upper Highway area. It started as a small dream of reaching about 400 homeless people with some clothes and food. My dream was blown out of the water when last year we reached 1 200 people with 200 volunteers.

“This year we held three stores on the same day in different parts of the community and served more than double the number of people than last year.

“I have also been involved in the iCare Street Sleep project where colleagues from St Mary’s and I slept on the streets to raise funds for iCare.

“I was recently involved in Heaven’s Kitchen which serves meals to the homeless in Pinetown. I am just an ordinary person who believes that outreach is building relationships with people. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Just keep saying ‘yes’ to Him, and watch what He does. Never think that what you do for others or what you do in private doesn’t matter. It counts more than you know.”

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