Once they had completed their tour of duty in Rome, the members of the Executive Council of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard who were present: Father Gérard Lagleder, Mrs. Thuli Thabethe and Mrs. Clare Kalkwarf continued to Germany for a whirlwind tour of fundraising and public relations. There they met with many different possible donors, for Blessed Gérard's Children's Home and with existing supporters.
Day 1 was spent in Neuburg an der Donau. Presentations were given to three different classes at Descartes Gymnasium; they met with the principal, Mr. Franz Hofmeier and with members of the Parents Association. The Catholic Women's League also gave them a donation towards the work of the Brotherhood in South Africa.
Day 2 they travelled to Weiden where a meeting had been organised in the Parish of the Sacred Heart Church. Following Holy Mass, they held a press conference with two local newspapers and then gave a presentation on the work of the Brotherhood to existing members and other interested people.
Days 3 & 4 were spent in Cologne at the Malteser Hilfsdienst (MHD) Head Office. (This is our sister organisation in Germany). The Secretary General of MHD, Mr. Heinz Himmels, who despite many meetings and routine duties still found the time to include the Executive Council into his busy schedule, hosted them. They met with the team from Foreign Service, with the Director of the Repatriation Service and they also made contact with old friends who had had dealings with the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard previously, but always via e-mail or telephone. It was very nice to meet them in person.
Day 5 was spent mostly in traffic jams! But finally they arrived at the home of our very good and dear friends and members, Max & Gabi Rauecker.
Day 6 was spent with Malteser Hilfsdienst (MHD), Munich, where they had a meeting with Mr. Manfred Schulz and Mrs. Gabi Rauecker. Thank you for making our executive council feel so welcome.
The evening of the 6th and last day, they travelled to Erding, where the local branch of MHD had prepared supper and provided refreshments for our German members, who travelled through heavy traffic and many kilometres to congregate in Erding.
All in all there were approximately 60 people who attended. They were given a presentation on the work of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and of course the new project, Blessed Gérard's Children's Home.
This page is part of the Newsletter No. 20 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard
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