Former soccer star extends a helping hand to mama Angela

Motherly love. Angela Freeks (right) gives 3-year-old Kayla Vis a warm hug at Thuso ya Batho. Photos: Selogile Leshage

A project that started as a vision from God in 2008 has blossomed into a soup kitchen for the vulnerable.

The Thuso ya Batho Project in Promosa, under the stewardship of Angela Freeks aka ‘mama Angela’ provides food for schoolchildren, orphans, the sick, the aged and the unemployed on a daily basis.

On 22 September, the project got a welcome boost from Lionel Fortuin, a former soccer star and a community builder in Promosa. He says Tiger Brands has pledged to deliver bread to the soup kitchen once a week for the next three months.

Two happy faces wait patiently for the food.
Photo: Selogile Leshage

Little angels have come to mama Angela for some nutritious food before going to play outside
Photo: Selogile Leshage

‘I approached Lukas from Tiger brands and he jumped in to assist. We have been involved with the project for the past three years because there is no funding. Aunt

Angela is trying to keep the boat adrift with the old-age grant she receives. She is doing wonderful work for the kids and the elderly,’ said Lionel.

He added that the annual Ivan Bezuidenhout soccer tournament in Promosa complemented the assistance that mama Angela received.

‘The late Ivan was a firm believer in assisting the community and he loved children. Therefore, we are also keeping his legacy alive,’ he said. Ivan from Dorotian Funerals was one of the 43 people who died in a tragic stampede at Ellis Park 17 years ago.

Mama Angela fought back the tears as she thanked Lionel and the staff from Tiger Brands. ‘I’m happy today and grateful for what Lionel is doing for the project,’ she said.

‘God revealed to me that I could change someone’s heart with just a hot plate of food,’ she said back in 2015. She added that most of the children go to bed on an empty tummy. Every morning, they come around for something to eat before they go to school. Children from as far as Greenfield also come to the soup kitchen in Promosa.


Some of the helpers at the soup kitchen. Photo: Selogile Leshage

Three friends happily chat before receiving breakfast from mama Angela.
Photo: Selogile Leshage


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