Denis Hurley Centre – August 2012

Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa

DHC team with Afrisun Community Development executives


July was an exciting month for the Denis Hurley Centre with three major donations confirmed. The biggest of these was from the Afrisun Community Development Trust who have committed R2M for the clinic. This is the first major gift to come from South Africa and we hope it will encourage others to give generously. A second major SA donor was Operation Jumpstart which has given an unallocated grant of R500,000. Many thanks to all responsible for these most generous contributions – not forgetting the more than R700,000 raised by the Cathedral congregation through numerous concerts, dinners, dances, sponsored walks & runs, raffles, jumble sales, etc. etc. ‐ you might call it “labour intensive” fundraising! It represents much commitment and ownership of the project.

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A third major gift received during July was R1.3M from the Italian Catholic Bishops’ Conference for the job‐related training facilities in the Centre. Many thanks to Cardinal Napier for supporting our application and to Father Giorgio Ferretti of the Community of Sant’Egidio for his direct negotiations with the office of the Italian Bishops to secure this grant. Fr Giorgio has also established a Sant’Egidio group at Emmanuel Cathedral, which reaches out to poor and vulnerable people living on the streets near the Cathedral. He was a good friend of Archbishop Hurley whom he was asked to look after on the Archbishop’s regular visits to the community during the last few years of his life.

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Significant progress has been made in securing acceptance for the nomination of the Denis Hurley Centre as a Liberation Heritage Route site in central Durban, according to UNESCO criteria. On 27 July we made a presentation to the Health and Social Services Committee of the eThekwini Municipality at the City Hall’s Council Chamber. Their response ‐ a unanimous vote (with applause) to recommend that the full eThekwini Council pass a resolution in support of the DHC’s acceptance as a Liberation Heritage Route site. Once the full Council has accepted this recommendation, we will be able to seek a similar resolution from the KwaZulu‐Natal provincial government and then move on to seek national government endorsement. That will open up possibilities of funding from UNESCO.

Parish Centre, where St Augustine’s School was located from 1906 to 1956.


From 1906 to 1956 St Augustine’s Primary School was housed in the Cathedral Parish Centre after which it was moved to its present site close to Greyville Race Course. As the Parish Centre is now dilapidated and unsuitable for restoration, it will soon be demolished to make way for the new purpose built Denis Hurley Centre. Many people have fond memories of their schooling at the old St Augustine’s and that is why there will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving on 16 August at 10.00a.m. in Emmanuel Cathedral. Cardinal Napier will be the principal celebrant with past pupil of St Augustine’s, Fr Albert Danker OMI, as preacher. All old girls and old boys of the old St Augustine’s are warmly invited to attend. A “bring & share” lunch will follow in the Parish Centre. It will not only mean sharing food but also memories and an exhibition of memorabilia of the old school. If you have any photos, reports or other items you are willing to loan, contact Ben Pottier 031 202 6434 or 0718288434. Ben guarantees that he will take great care of these items.

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