The activities of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and the Blessed
Gérard's Care Centre in the year 2010, like in the year before, were
concentrating on maintaining momentum in our existing projects.
We were faced with challenges in our management force hence we had to
refill the positions of the General Manager of Blessed Gérard's Care
Centre and of the Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home.
Fund-raising has also become a more and more important and vital
challenge, because our expenditure has increased tremendously through
the gigantic staff development in 2008 and 2009 and the ever increasing
demand of AIDS treatment, Hospice- und Palliative Care.
The outstanding events of 2010 were:
Blessed Gérard's Children's Home now looks after 42 children
since the arrival of Liam on 5 January 2010 and Charles on 29 August
2010 and the discharge of Siya on 13 December 2010
8 May 2010: AGM of our German Support Association, the "Bruderschaft des Seligen
Gerhard e.V." at Neuburg / Germany (from left to right: Max Rauecker, Gabi
Rauecker, Johannes Lagleder, Hans Sporer, Mechthilde Lagleder, Albertine Sporer,
Fr. Ngcobo and Yvonne Renaud joined the Council of Blessed
Gérard's Care Centre.
9 July 2010: Our great benefactor Father Georg Weinzierl from
Steinbach/Germany celebrates his 75th
He asked for donations towards our work in lieu of personal gifts.
Congratulations and wholeheartedly "Thank you!"
10 October 2010: We celebrate the Feast of Blessed
The highlight is the investiture of our active member Dr.
Andreas Heinze (from France) as an Honorary Dedicated Member of the Brotherhood
of Blessed Gérard.
Council of the Dedicated Members of the
Blessed Gérard elected
the new Executive Council / Board of Directors according to our statutes for a
period of office of two years ( 2nd December 2010 – 1st
The new Council / Board consists
President: Father Gérard T. Lagleder O.S.B.
Vice-President: Mrs Yvonne J. Renaud
Medical Superintendent: Dr Paul Z. Thabethe
Director of Charity Work: Sister Nokuthula M. Thabethe
Administrator of Goods: Father Siphosenkosi Titus
Father Gérard thanked all
Councillors / Board members for their wonderful service rendered which resulted
in such an impeccable audit report, and he thanked especially Father Sipho for
his services as Vice-President in the past term of office and welcomed Mrs
Renaud into the Executive Council / Board of Directors.
8 November 2010: The Board of Auditors of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard
performs its audit for the years of 2008 and 2009 and comes to a flattering
conclusions: "We are satisfied that the members of the Executive Council as well
as all other officials have faithfully and competently performed their tasks as
laid down in the Constitution of the Brotherhood." and "In evaluating the
service rendered by the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard we can but express our
admiration for the work the members of the Brotherhood are doing, especially in
its Care Centre, for the people in Mandeni and its surroundings."
After the unprecedented increase in employed staff over the years 2008
and 2009 we had no new positions created in 2010 and just replaced staff
where positions became vacant.
Mrs. Caroline Beaumont, member of the Management Committee and
Housekeeper of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre, took on the additional task
to manage Blessed Gérard's Children's Home from April 2010.
26 April 2010: Mrs Gloria Buthelezi, the head of our laundry, qualified as a
housekeeping supervisor. Congratulations! Well done!
Sr. Thecla Gamede O.S.B. from Twasana Convent joined our Sisters'
Convent on 18 May 2010 filling the third of the four positions there.
Sr. Thecla has taken on the task of a pastoral assistant, i.e. she is
the sacristan, makes regular pastoral visits to all our patients at
Blessed Gérard's Hospice and teaches Catechism to children of Blessed
Gérard's Children's Home.
Sakhile B Ndlovu was employed as a receptionist on 22 May 2010.
After the resignation of Axel Pape as General Manager of Blessed
Gérard's Care Centre, Dr. Khaya Nzimande took on this task as the acting General Manager
Blessed Gérard's Care Centre on 1 June 2010.
The new General Manager of
Gérard's Care Centre, Mr. Sven Anderson, commenced his duties on 6 September
2010. He just got married on 28th August 2010.
Congratulations and wholeheartedly welcome!
11 September 2010: Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B. graduated as "Early Childhood
Educator". Congratulations, Sister! Well done! (The date on the camera was
22 September 2010: Mrs. Carolyn Nunn attended the St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing
College Graduation of 2010. It took place at the Pinetown Civic Hall and started
at 11.00. Dr. Ross the CEO of St Mary’s was the Master of Ceremonies and Dr.
Andrew Mumgherera the Guest Speaker. Two of our Bursary Recipients’ graduated
Zandile Thobile Mkhwamubi gained a Distinction in Theory Paper 2 and is now a
Registered Professional Nurse and Sthembile Promise Masuku gained a Distinction
in Theory and is now an Enrolled Nurse. We were entertained by the St. Mary’s
Hospital Choir of which two of our current Bursary recipients’ are members, Ms
Lorraine Mbatha and Ms Sibongakonke Xulu. The two items they sang were greatly
appreciated by the audience of family friends and students. The awards were
presented to the graduates by Councillor Nkosi Dimba who presented the Ethekwini
Municipality Awards with Citations, Mrs Mncadi, Mrs F Ngcobo and Mrs ZPMlaba
presented the Hospital Awards and Citations. The Meaning of the Lamp was
presented by Mrs ME Mncadi. The ceremony ended with the St. Mary’s Hospital
Choir singing the National Anthem.
22 - 17 May 2010: Our member Dr. Robert Bock and his wife Christa, who
were married 25 years ago by Father Gérard come to celebrate their
Silver Wedding Anniversary with us on 25 May 2010.
17 October 2010: Eudi Farge from Australia came to visit Brian at
Blessed Gérard's Children's
Home. Brian stayed in her house when his deceased mother worked in her
household. "Aunty Eudi" made and presented Brian with a lovely album with photos
and many wonderful stories about his early childhood with his mother. Then we
went onto our traditional Sunday outing with her. We "met" an ostrich in Ballito
and had great fun at Golden Hours playground in Durban.
Not every "visit" is the same. There are just visits to supervise the
home-based-care provided by the family and visits to assess and then transfer a
patient to our hospice, a clinic or hospital (including transport by our