Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Diary of July 2008


3 July 2008: SAPPI (South African Pulp and Paper Industries) presented us with their largest donation ever: R100,000.00 for our AIDS work. We are most grateful and happy for this most welcome sign of appreciation of our work in the community.

8 July 2008: Father Gérard takes part in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Hospice Association of kwaZulu/Natal (HAKZN) at Khanya Hospice in Umkomaas.


9 July 2008: Tanzin van Moerkerken, who had been an active member of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard for many years, starts her full-time employment as Personal Assistant to the President of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.

10 July 2008: Amra Chakravarti from the South African Hospice and Palliative Care Association (HPCA) and Karen Hinton, the chairperson of the Hospice Association of kwaZulu/Natal (HAKZN) come to visit us to discuss further steps towards the accreditation of Blessed Gérard's Hospice by COHSASA (Council for Health Services Accreditation of South Africa). COHSASA accreditation means a sort of five-star-rating for health services.


12 July 2008: Children of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home make an outing to Ondini, the site of King Cetshwayo's Kraal, where the Battle of Ulundi took place on 4th July 1879.

At their way back to Mandeni they enjoy the Mandeni Fun Fare.

14 July 2008: Enrolled Nurse Ntombifuthi Cele starts her full time employment in the Residential Care Programme of Blessed Gérard's Hospice and replaces Enrolled Nurse Nomusa Nxumalo, who is transferred to the HAART Programme. Mrs. Khesane Mthiyane starts her part-time employment as an educator at Blessed Gérard's Children's Home. Being a qualified teacher she will focus on the supervision of our children when they do their homework and give special tuition to children with special needs.

15 July 2008: Mr. Sibusiso Mabika starts his full-time employment as a driver and general assistant to the Management Committee of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.


15 July 2008: A highly enjoyable day: We finally succeeded to have fifteen more children of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home (Ntuthuko, Mbali, Slondeko, Mpilwenhle, Mxolisi, Brian, Gérard, Lethiwe, Phiwa, Sihle, Hope, Bongani, Flora, Nhlanhla and Dumisile.) officially placed with us by the Commissioner of Child Welfare after nine years of fighting inefficient bureaucracy persistently but in vain.

16 July 2008: Dr. Nzimande and Father Gérard take part in an ongoing training session of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in Durban about "Pulmonary complications in the era of HAART".

17 July 2008: Dedicated Members' Meeting of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard


21 July 2008: We thank Brian Boswell's Circus, which granted our children free entry to their show.



22 July 2008: Children of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home wish Mrs. Angelika Müller "Happy Birthday"!

26 July 2008: Father Gérard takes part at the investiture ceremony and rededication service of the Priory for South Africa of the (Most Venerable) Order of St. John in Johannesburg.

28 July 2008: Our therapeutic counsellor Mr Wiseman Zulu was hijacked at 18:20 hrs by two armed robbers in front of the main entrance to our Care Centre. Thank God he could escape bodily unharmed, but the robbers drove away with our home care vehicle.


29 July 2008: The tracking company found our home care vehicle in a sugar cane field between Mandeni and Doesberg. The robbers must have abandoned it when police and tracking cars and the tracking helicopter came close to them. The robbers had started to remove the signwriting from the vehicle. There was more damage caused inside the car when the robbers tried to find the tracking device and finally removed it.


29 July 2008: Father Gérard was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by request of the Rotary Club of Mandini "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world." Past President Mervin Naidoo presented the award.


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