Comrades Marathon Project

Cardinal Napier is inviting Comrades runners to make it a sponsored run for the new Denis Hurley Centre.

The centre, on which construction work is scheduled to commence within the next few weeks, will be built on the site of the existing Parish Centre, alongside Durban’s Emmanuel Cathedral.

The centre is a legacy project in honour of Archbishop Denis Hurley who was the city’s archbishop from 1947 to 1992.

Hurley played a significant role in opposing apartheid and promoting the vision of a just society.

In serving the poorest and most marginalised in Durban, the Denis Hurley Centre will live out Archbishop Hurley’s dream that the Church would be a “community serving humanity.”

The idea is for Comrades runners to appeal to their families, friends, work colleagues and members of their parishes to sponsor them.

Runners from other parts of South Africa and even overseas are welcome to take part.

On Saturday 1 June, the day before the race, Cardinal Napier will say a special Mass for all those who are taking part in the project, their families and friends – and will give a special blessing to those who will be running for the Hurley Centre. This Mass will take place at Emmanuel Cathedral at 5.30p.m. and members of the public are welcome.

To get official sponsorship forms and any other information needed, contact the project organiser, Mark Wardell at markvwardell@gmail.com. Phone: 083-7895062.

Comrades Marathon Project

From left: Mark Wardell (Organiser), Thomas Daniels, Alain Tschudin, Cardinal Napier (Patron), Maureen Parry, Thokozani Fakazi, Dean Narajadu. (Photo: Sibusiso Ndlovu, Independent Newspapers)