WILLIAMS’ WENTWORTH ANGEL
*Caption: Tracey-Leigh Williams (centre) pictured with those living in the shelter. (Picture supplied by Tracey-Leigh Williams)
Written by: Adryan Ogle
Cool, calm and collected, founder of Wentworth Angels, Tracey-Leigh Williams smiles as I approach her. She makes a joke and then introduces herself. She is no stranger to the media. “I was named a Wentworth Angel by The Rising Sun reporter, Lauren Beukes in 2013,” says Williams.
The Wentworth Angels is a registered non-profit organisation that assists destitute families, the underprivileged and provides shelter that houses such people.
“I come from a marriage of abuse,” explains Williams, a survivor of both emotional and physical abuse.
She highlights this reason as being why she sought to become an inspiration to other women who have had to deal with abuse.
The shelter houses people who are in need, providing them with essential basic needs such as food and sanitation, and empowering and uplifting them to become independent bread winners.
The Wentworth Angels has a variety of programmes. One of these is teaching arts and crafts. Williams states that the aim is to get those who are assisted to be self-dependent one day.
“It is funded off my business, Williams Caterers. If we don’t get functions, we fall in arrears with rent and electricity,” adds Williams.
The reason that she declines funding is because she has witnessed various organisations that receive funding from the state, neglecting people’s situations.
“They are just in it for what they can get out of it,” says Williams.
William’s philanthropy far exceeds the Wentworth Angels. She runs a youth programme that assists children aged between seven and eighteen years, in which she provides daily meals for them. She also aims to provide them with clothing.
“I started Women of Honour, teaching the ladies to rely on God’s promises and a Sunday ministry from five to seven,” she indicates.
She now also heads Newlands Angels. Williams says that she saw the need of underprivileged families in Newlands East.
She requires committed assistance from people in Newlands East as the job at hand takes dedication and real passion. However, the long running Wentworth Angels does have committed helpers.
Asia-Lee Booysen, who occasionally assists the organisation, is proud of Williams and recognises her efforts to continue giving to the community.
“As a young lady, I had the pleasure of not only working with Ms Williams, but also to have spent time in her home. She is a kind-hearted, driven, motivated and an ambitious woman. She is truly a role model,” says Booysen.
Thus far, Williams has been keeping herself extra busy by hosting various functions such as the Easter egg hunt which took place in April at the angels’ headquarters where underprivileged children received decorative Easter eggs and a meal for the day, the Mother’s Day function held on 8th May 2016 which pampered the mums of the community – treating them to a continental breakfast and massages, and in June Williams decided to host an event in honour of her mother, Barbara Williams who has played a major role in Williams becoming a philanthropist and engaging in community work.
Despite her busy schedule, Williams has just completed her book. The memoir is titled, “My Mess Became My Message.” The book describes the challenges that Williams has faced and how it moulded her to the motivated and faith driven woman that she is today. The book is due to be self-published soon, and Williams aims to promote it herself.
“I’m going to London, Dubai and Australia to launch my book. My dream was always to travel and still assist individuals,” she says.
At present, she is busy assisting mothers with maintenance orders as well as assisting with a house that have collapsed within the community of Wentworth. Also, a march has taken place in the Wentworth Community against drug abuse and killings.
Williams was also requested by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to stand candidate for Ward 68, a position for which she was shortlisted.
When asked about her plans for the future, this ‘superwoman’ has no plans of settling down just yet.
“I intend on ending the year with the underprivileged children’s Christmas parties and also starting a stationery drive,” Williams confirms.