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BUILDING FASTER THAN FUNDRAISING
The good news? Construction of the Denis Hurley Centre is going well and is scheduled to be completed towards the end of September. Not-so-good news? Fundraising is not keeping up with construction progress – we still need to raise R5.5M for construction costs. At the same time we have to raise funds to pay for several new staff positions as well as fittings, furniture and equipment for the new building. Many thanks to the London-based Denis Hurley Association which has just given us another R100,000, bringing their total contribution so far to R750,000. If you would like to help with any of our fund-raising challenges – especially the most immediate, the R5.5M for construction, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (031) 201-3832/ (072) 806-4417.
(Pic – J‐M Ntamubano )
Young adults of Emmanuel Cathedral have great expectations of the Denis Hurley Centre. In a recent workshop they sketched their vision for a Centre from which they, their children and grandchildren will reap the greatest benefits. What they are looking for is a “warm and welcoming atmosphere”, “accessible to all groups”, displaying “unity, respect and ubuntu” to all its visitors, and offering special facilities for young people and children. They are keen to ensure the building’s sustainability for decades to come, volunteering their own skills and talents for this purpose. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words “Be the change you want to see”, they committed themselves to take their share of responsibility for the project and its funding.
(image: C – Criticos)
WIND, HEAT AND UPHILL
Congratulations to our cycling team for the arduous 109km Argus Cycle tour in the Cape peninsula on 9 March. Ably led by Patrick Wilson and inspired by the presence of Fr Stephen Tully, they braved strong winds, hot weather and lots of uphill. Though they weren’t all able to complete the route we commend them for their sterling effort on behalf of the Denis Hurley Centre: over R40, 000 already raised and sponsorships still coming in. Many thanks to the Parish of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Lansdowne, who warmly welcomed the team at their evening Mass on 8 March. If you haven’t yet made your contribution, it’s not too late.
Please deposit in our account: Denis Hurley Centre Fund, FNB Account Number: 6220 4261 002, Branch Code: 221426 and don’t forget your name, phone number and “ARGUS” on your deposit slip so we can properly record and acknowledge your contribution.
(image: DHC Argus Cycle Team, from left: Patrick Wilson (Leader), Nokubonga Khuzwayo, Fr Stephen Tully, Rebecca Arnold and Sam Musafiri – Claire Mathieson, Southern Cross)
VOLUNTEERS FROM FAR & WIDE
The DHC has been blessed with many hardworking and skilled volunteers from far & wide. Some of the earliest international volunteers were Washington media specialists Mary Beth Gardiner and Paul Fetters. Recent volunteer Peter Brunert from Germany, who is working in the Nkosinathi Project, heard about the work of the Denis Hurley Centre from Fr Stephen when they were both walking the Camino in Spain, in 2010. “Life has been good to me so far and I just want to help people in need.” Another visitor and volunteer in our Usizo L’wehtu Clinic is Sister Jounhee Moon FMM, a professional nurse from South Korea.
Ree Rinn our latest volunteer from Washington was inducted into our work when she covered the unveiling of the Hurley statue at the KwaThintwa School – her story appears on our website. When she returns to Durban we will be sure to tap into her museum experience. Ree manages the volunteer programme at Washington’s museum of news – The Newseum.
(image: Clockwise from left Peter Brunert, Ree Rinn, Sister Jounhee Moon FMM <Pic – Supplied >)