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THE TWO PADDYS ARE HONOURED
On Friday September 5, 2014 the seventh annual eThekwini Living Legends Awards honoured thirteen of Durban’s finest citizens at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
Two of the thirteen awardees are our very own Paddys – key figures in the Denis Hurley Centre project. They are Paddy Meskin one of the DHC’s Patrons and Paddy Kearney who the is the Project Coordinator and driving force of the Denis Hurley Centre Project. Entertainment was provided by the Durban Gospel Choir, Zakes Bantwini and Karen van Pletsen accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. The awards were hosted by Talk Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala and Ukhozi FM’s Nongcebo McKenzie.
(Pic – Debbie Heustice )
MUSIC TO THE CARDINAL’S EARS
The Annual Cardinal’s Concert will be held in Emmanuel Cathedral on Friday 19 September at 6.00p.m. Amongst the performers will be the Zulu Pavarotti (Mdu Mkhize), the Heavenly Trio, and the choirs of St Michael’s Red Hill and Emmanuel Cathedral. There will be a collection for the Denis Hurley Centre. We take this opportunity to congratulate the Cardinal on his historic visit to the Juma Musjid on July 25 to deliver a message of peace to a huge congregation (see pic left), and also to thank him for his presentation on the Denis Hurley Centre, to the Yale Executive Club of leading Muslim businessmen in Durban.
(Pics – C Criticos & J‐M Ntamubano )
PLANS FOR THE CATHEDRAL MALL
The space between the Cathedral and the new Denis Hurley Centre is commonly known as “Cathedral Mall”. In addition to providing space for informal traders and for serving hot meals to homeless and unemployed people, we hope that it will in future be a useful space for major outdoor events such as concerts, public meetings, celebrations and festivals.
The first of these will be “World Religions in Concert” given by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra on the evening of 9 November 2015, performing music related to each of the world’s major faiths. We have deliberately chosen that day because it will be the centenary of Archbishop Hurley’s birth and the Centre will be officially opened in the morning. Architects are working on how to make the Mall suitable for a variety of purposes.
(Pic ‐ Supplied)
THE LAST LAP
We are now in the last lap of constructing the Denis Hurley Centre and hope to move into the building from the beginning of November this year. With our fundraising for the building at an advanced stage towards the construction being fully funded we now have an additional focus ‐ the “outfitting” of the building: finalising the furniture, fittings and equipment needed for its many facilities. The final furniture and fittings schedules and plans have been completed and we have raised approximately R250,000 of the anticipated R3M that will be needed.
Bookings for internal users will be accepted from 1 October 2014 and for external users, from 1 December. Please contact Jean‐Marie on 072 549‐0338.
(Pic – Ruben Reddy Architects)