Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Diary of August 2008


1 August 2008: Sister Thandi Bhengu starts her full-time employment as Registered Professional Nurse in the Residential Care Programme of our Hospice replacing Sr. Buthelezi, who left us.

6 August 2008: Radio Horeb interviewed Father Gérard about AIDS Prevention at the occasion of the International AIDS Conference in Mexico. The interview was broadcast on 7th August 2008.

7 August 2008: Meeting of the Councils of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre. The meeting accepts the resignation of Deacon Müller as a councillor (as he is relocating to Germany) and thanks him wholeheartedly for his most valuable service over the past three years. The Councils decide on far reaching changes of the organisational structure (see our new organisation chart).


8 August 2008: Wiseman Qinisani Zulu takes over the Project Management of Blessed Gérard's First Aid & Emergency Service and of Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project from Father Gérard.

8 August 2008: Bonisile Mkhwanazi starts her full-time employment as a housekeeping assistant at our Care Centre.


8 August 2008: Staff and volunteers' farewell for Deacon and Mrs. Müller, who are about to leave us after three years of voluntary service with us.


9 August 2008: Blessed Gérard's Children's Home's farewell for Deacon and Mrs. Müller

11 August 2008: Deacon and Mrs. Müller leave.

12 - 16 August 2008: Dr. Nzimande and Father Gérard attend the Annual Conference and AGM of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) in Cape Town.

16 - 17 August 2008: Blessed Gérard's First Aid & Emergency Service provides First Aid for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima (near Empangeni / South Africa).


18 August 2008: After the Executive Council had decided that not only Project Co-ordinators, but also members of the Management Committee may wear a blue braid on their epaulettes Caroline Beaumont and Corolyn Nunn are presented with the new epaulettes.


19 August 2008: Our Medical Practitioner Dr. Khaya Nzimande is commissioned as Project Co-ordinator of Blessed Gérard's Hospice.


19 August - 12 September 2008: Our members Hubert and Rosa Stauffer, the parents of Susanne Stauffer, come for a visit.


20 - 25 August 2008: Miss Cordula Lennkh from Malteser Hospitaldienst Austria (MHDA) comes for a visit and becomes a volunteer.

20 August 2008: Dr. Nzimande, Cordula Lennkh and Father Gérard attend an training session of the Southern African HIV Clinicians' Society at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban by Dr Anisa Mosam about Dermatologic Manifestations of HIV.

21 August 2008: Dedicated Members Meeting

27 August 2008: Sr. Margarette Sibisi and Father Gérard attend a board meeting of the Catholic Health Care Association of South Africa (CATHCA) in Johannesburg.

28 August 2008: 20 HIV peer educators from South African Pulp and Paper Industries (SAPPI) come for an update about HIV/AIDS care.

This page is part of the Newsletter No. 28 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard




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