Denis Hurley Centre: April 2013

denishurley-Logo-300x179Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa

 

Costas Criticos (Project Manager) and Benny Potgieter (Coordinator ‐ Development Task Team) with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier and Fr Stephen Tully at the media briefing event

Costas Criticos (Project Manager) and Benny Potgieter (Coordinator ‐ Development Task Team) with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier and Fr Stephen Tully at the media briefing event (Pic – Rabin Singh)

PERMISSION TO BUILD

Waiting for the City’s approval of the plans has been a real character building experience. Now that we have raised 80% of the construction costs the Archdiocese Building Committee has given us the go ahead to start construction. Unfortunately, we had never anticipated that we would face so many hurdles in getting the design approved. Part of the problem has been the challenging demands from the different units in the City’s planning department and an equally challenging site. We were so confident that we would be able to announce the approval of the plans at our recent media briefing that a special PowerPoint slide had been prepared. In the end, the slide was removed because we had not received approval from the City. Project Coordinator, Paddy Kearney, was still hopeful that we would get some positive news during the meeting but his cell phone never rang! We have now been assured that there is one last revision needed in the sprinkler system and then the plans will be approved. We hope to bring you good news in next DHC Update.

Mary Papayya, recently appointed Media Ambassador for the DHC, with Judge Vuka Tshabalala, DUT Chancellor (Pic – Morgan Kisten)

Mary Papayya, recently appointed Media Ambassador for the DHC, with Judge Vuka Tshabalala, DUT Chancellor (Pic – Morgan Kisten)

MEDIA BRIEFED

Media were briefed on 28 March about the Denis Hurley Centre Project, at a special breakfast held at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Hotel School organised by our Media Ambassador, Mary Papayya, KZN Manager of the Times Media Group. The keynote address was given by Prof Ahmed Bawa, DUT Vice‐Chancellor, who sponsored the breakfast and was co‐host with Father Stephen Tully. Prof Bawa shared warm and amusing memories of Archbishop Hurley, and said that he was keen to promote a partnership between DUT and the Denis Hurley Centre. Costa Criticos, DHC Project Manager gave a power point update on DHC progress.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier receiving the cheque Mgr. James Cronin with Prof Ahmed Bawa, Vice Chancellor of DUT and Danny Curtin from Missio.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier receiving the cheque Mgr. James Cronin with Prof Ahmed Bawa, Vice Chancellor of DUT and Danny Curtin from Missio. (Pic – Morgan Kisten)

VISIT FROM MISSIO: ENGLAND & WALES

One of the most active Catholic charities in the UK is Missio: England and Wales who visited Emmanuel Cathedral during Holy Week and Easter. Monsignor James Cronin and Danny Curtin were guests at the Media Breakfast (see story above), and handed over a gift of R1.3M to Cardinal Napier, representing intensive fundraising efforts by the Missio Ambassadors over the past year. They also visited each of the outreach projects associated with the Denis Hurley Centre: Nkosinathi (nutritious meals for homeless people), Usizo L’whethu (primary health care), and Refugee Pastoral Care, to learn firsthand about their activities. Many thanks to Missio for their most generous gift.

Denis Hurley Centre Fund, FNB Bank,
Branch Code: 221426. Acc. Number: 6220 4261 002 Swift Code: FIRN ZAJJ
Please indicate your name and Email or Postal Address so that we can properly record and acknowledge your donation

Glenda Fredericks DHC, Monsignor Paul Nadal, Dr May Mkhize, First lady of KZN Province and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier ofm. Photographed on the occasion of Monsignor Nadal’s 80th Birthday commemorations and DHC fundraiser (Pic – Illa Thompson)

Glenda Fredericks DHC, Monsignor Paul Nadal, Dr May Mkhize, First lady of KZN Province and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier ofm. Photographed on the occasion of Monsignor Nadal’s 80th Birthday commemorations and DHC fundraiser
(Pic – Illa Thompson)

GALA FUNDRAISING DINNER

Not many people who have reached the age of 80 and had double knee replacement surgery would be brave enough to undertake a 300 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. But that’s exactly what Monsignor Paul Nadal will do between 24 May and 5 June. To celebrate his courage and generosity we will hold a Gala Fundraising Dinner on Friday 21 June in the DLI Hall, Greyville Race Course. All who give a sponsorship of R1 (or more) per km that Monsignor walks, will be entitled to a place at the Dinner. Deposit your sponsorship in our FNB account: DENIS HURLEY CENTRE FUND, No. 6220 4261 002, Code: 221426, and mark your deposit clearly with your name and phone number as well as the words: “NADAL CAMINO DINNER”. If you are unable to attend the dinner but would still like to give a sponsorship, mark your deposit: “NADAL CAMINO”.

www.denishurleycentre.co.za Contact Person: Paddy Kearney Email: pkearney@saol.com Tel: +27 31 201‐3832 Cell: +27 72 806‐4417