Cape Town woman starts feeding scheme after ‘miraculous’ recovery from cancer: ‘I was given a second chance, that’s why I give back to my community’

Jozeen who started Tinkies feeding scheme. (Photo: Supplied)
Jozeen who started Tinkies feeding scheme. (Photo: Supplied)

The national lockdown due to the coronavirus has forced households to take a second look at their finances. And with schools closed and many having lost their jobs there’s been added pressure to put food on the table.

Before the pandemic, many children were part of the feeding programs at their schools and for some, this was the only decent meal they’d receive for the day.

Since schools closed at the end of March, JAM SA has provided more than 1 million take-home rations to children and their families across the country, according to GoodThingsGuy.

There are also many other initiatives across the country that are doing their part to contribute during the pandemic – one of those is an outreach in Cape Town called Tinkie’s Feeding.

Jozeen Dreyer (45) and her late mother-in-law, Mary Dreyer, started Tinkie’s Feeding scheme back in 2015.

Jozeen, who lives in Kuilsriver, was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Before undergoing an operation, gobsmacked doctors discovered that her cancer had disappeared without any treatment.

This miraculous recovery inspired the Capetonian to give back and help people in her community.

“I believe that was a miracle from our God, and I believe I was given a second chance that’s why I give back to my community, Jozeen tells YOU.

“My husband and kids are my rocks. They support me in everything I take on. I have a lot of people that assist me in this feeding [scheme] a success.”

The mom-of-two says since Covid-19 there have been more mouths to feed.

“There are more people in need of food, especially non-essential workers,” she said.

Tinkie’s Feeding scheme has now teamed up with Kuilsriver Primary school’s principal, Mrs Mcullum, and a few of the teachers at the school have also come on board.

“They ensure that the children that benefitted from the feeding at school receive their healthy cooked meal from our feeding.”

Jozeen has also teamed up with 12 companies, Pick ’n Pay Riverpark and The Floor Solution, as well as former rugby player Breyton Paulse to provide meals for kids three times a week.

Jozeen who started Tinkies feeding scheme

Jozeen says Tinkie’s Feeding will be closed for a week from Monday 1 June in efforts to prepare for winter.

“Someone will come make renovations to my house to ensure smooth sailing for the winter months”

Tinkie’s Feeding relies solely on private donations and they are asking for any help.

“At the moment I have four 100 litre pots which aren’t enough. I need at least 8 pots to ensure that nobody goes hungry,” Jozeen says.

“We need all the help we can get so everybody can donate big or small, we appreciate everything.

“If the government can provide food parcels, that will be a tremendous help for our people, because at the moment we rely on private donations.”

To donate, contact Jozeen Dreyer on 074-497-9689

Additional sources:  Good Things Guy


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