A heroine for the hungry supported by 1st for Women
Not all heroines wear capes. Some, like Bridget Van Niekerk, wear aprons, roll up their sleeves and get cooking for a good cause. Bridget caught the attention of 1st for Women Insurance through the feeding scheme she built, with little to no income during lockdown.
Bridget, a 42-year-old mom of three, was one of the many South Africans facing increased financial restraints, which left her oldest daughter as the only breadwinner in the family.
Despite the increased financial pressure, Bridget’s love for community prevailed and she reached out to the Village Facebook Group for help. With their assistance of ewallet vouchers, Bridget was able to launch her feeding scheme and help provide much-needed food relief to her community.
But to keep going, a larger cash injection was needed. Inspired by the tremendous work she’d already done, 1st for Women Insurance donated an additional R10 000 to boost Bridget’s admirable efforts.
Thanks to the additional funding, Bridget was able to continue her feeding scheme, which provides four meals per week to her community. In one day alone, she feeds at least 500 people. And with an icy winter already in full swing, she tries her best to further assist the elderly with warm clothing like gowns and slippers.
To keep meeting the growing demand for food relief, Bridget has some further needs including a food processor and a new fridge. To find out how you can assist Bridget, go to: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/1hope.