Annual Report 2010


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:

  1. 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

  2. 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. Gérard)
  3.  20 May 2010: Dedicated Members' Meeting and Council Meeting of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard: Dr. Khaya Nzimande commences his year of probation as a candidate for the dedicated membership.

  4. 27 June 2010: We celebrate the Solemnity of the Patron Saint of the Order of Malta: St. John the Baptist. The highlight is the reception of Father Sithembiso Ngcobo as a member into the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard.
    See the article: The Solemnity of St. John the Baptist 2010
  5. Fr. Ngcobo and Yvonne Renaud joined the Council of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre.

  6. 9 July 2010: Our great benefactor Father Georg Weinzierl from Steinbach/Germany celebrates his 75th birthday.
    He asked for donations towards our work in lieu of personal gifts.
    Congratulations and wholeheartedly "Thank you!"

  7. 15 - 25 July 2010: Father Gérard represented the AIDS Work of the Order of Malta in South Africa at the International AIDS Conference at Vienna invited by the Austrian "AIDS Dienst Malteser".
    We issued a new prospectus at this occasion.

  8. 10 October 2010: We celebrate the Feast of Blessed Gérard 2010.
    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.
  9. 2 December 2010: Dedicated Members' Meeting and Council Meeting of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard (AGM)

    The Council of the Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of 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 December 2012).

    The new Council / Board consists of

    1. President: Father Gérard T. Lagleder O.S.B.
    2. Vice-President: Mrs Yvonne J. Renaud
    3. Medical Superintendent: Dr Paul Z. Thabethe
    4. Director of Charity Work: Sister Nokuthula M. Thabethe
    5. 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.


NPO Registration


1 July 2010: Blessed Gérard's Care Centre finally was issued its Certificate of Registration as a Non-profit Organisation.

Audits:

26 February 2010: Financial Audit of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard and of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre for 2009. We are absolutely proud of the impeccable results: 2009 BBG Audited Statement and 2009 BGCC Audited Statement. A special vote of thanks to our Financial Officer Mr. Thamsanqa Gumede!

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."


Personnel

Employees

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 of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre on 1 June 2010.


The new General Manager of Blessed 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!


We welcomed the new Principal of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home, Mr. Simiso Ntobela, on 1 August 2010.


11 September 2010: Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B. graduated as "Early Childhood Educator". Congratulations, Sister! Well done! (The date on the camera was wrongly set!)


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.

Visitors


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.

9 - 16 October 2010: Our active member Dr. Andreas Heinze from France comes to visit us at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre


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.


24 October 2010: Anne and Peter Hehl from Germany visit Blessed Gérard's Children's Home and join in our Sunday Outing to Ballito.

20 - 21 December 2010: Abbot Godfrey Sieber O.S.B. of Inkamana Abbey honours us with his visit.

Public Relations


5 January 2010: Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati, OH / U.S.A. interviewed Father Gérard about the work of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard in their "Son Rise Morning Show".

Listen to the interview!


5 February 2010: Teresa Tomeo of Ave Maria Radio / U.S.A. interviewed Father Gérard about the work of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard in their "Catholic Connection" Show:
 
Listen to the interview!

Anniversaries


1 January 2010: Blessed Gérard's Pre-Primary School and Crčche was opened on this day 15 years ago: Newsletter No. 06


12 March 2010: 15th anniversary of the investiture of Yvonne Renaud as a Dedicated Member of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard. See: Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard - Newsletter No. 05



16 March 2010:
10th anniversary of the first real deployment of Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project:
Flood Disaster in Mozambique 2000


9 July 2010:
10th anniversary of the
Investiture of Mrs. Clare Ann Kalkwarf as a Dame of the Order of Malta,
Blessing and Opening of new wing of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice in Mandeni,
Launch of Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project and Blessed Gérard's Children's Home


14 - 30 September 2010:
10th anniversary of the First Aid Duty in the Vatican's Basilicas in Rome in the Holy Year 2000



26 June 2010: 5th anniversary of the investiture of Maximilian and Gabriele Rauecker from Germany as Honorary Dedicated Members of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard


2 August 2010: 5th anniversary of the commencing of our membership with the Hospice Association of kwaZulu/Natal (HAKZN)


16 October 2010: 5th anniversary of the promotion of Father Gérard to the rank of "Conventual Chaplain ad honorem" of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). Blessed Gérard’s Feast 2005

Membership statistics

(as on 20 December 2010)

    Increase 2010
1326 active members 12 %
554 financial supporters 1 %
370 spiritual supporters 0 %
2250 members in total 7 %

Statistics by Key Performance Indicators 2010 
Hospice average occupancy rate 78%
Bursaries awarded in 2010 46
Children in Children's home 42
Children who joined our Pre-Primary School and Crčche 57
HAART: HIV positive patients who do not need ARVs yet 94
AIDS patients attended HAART readiness course 128
Patients who passed away in our hospice 164
HAART: Patients receiving ARVs by December 2010 319
HAART: VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) done 319
Patients admitted to hospice 378
Home visits by Home care team 1 456
Consultations done by our social worker 1 526
Home visits by HAART therapeutic counsellors 3 212

in 2010    Accumulated Statistics  1992-2010  Increase   
15    patients transferred (Hospice) 664 2%
5    First Aid patients  322 2%
18    new paediatric patients (Hospice) 483 4%
12    emergency patients  271 5%
267    new patients admitted to hospice  3013 10%
272    patients counselled (Hospice) 1528 22%
567    new home care patients (Hospice) 3084 23%
209    day- and outpatients (Hospice) 1129 23%
183    home carers trained (Hospice) 939 24%
190    new HAART patients 955 25%
616    patients transported by ambulance 2906 27%
427    social cases (Care Centre) 781 121%

 


 


 

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 ambulance).


 
 

Our Social Worker, Miss Hlengiwe Dube, is involved primarily in our Hospice and Children's Home, but is also involved in our Malnutrition Clinic, Relief Fund, Bursary Fund and Poor-Sick-Fund.


Our 2010 top donors' charts

(preliminary version - to be finalised)

We thank all our donors and mention our 25 most generous benefactors

  1. Bruderschaft des Seligen Gerhard e.V. - Neuburg / Germany (and all our benefactors who made their donations to us through their account)
  2. South African Catholic Bishops' Conference (AIDS Office) via Catholic Relief Services Consortium through PEPFAR from U.S. Government
  3. Benedictine Mission House - Schuyler, NE / U.S.A. (and all their and our benefactors who sent their donations for us to them)
  4. Missionsprokura - St. Ottilien / Germany (and all our benefactors who made their donations to us through their account)
  5. Initiative gegen Armut (INGEAR) - Zeilarn / Germany
  6. Päpstliches Missionswerk der Kinder (Aktion Dreikönigssingen) - Aachen / Germany
  7. Mr. Martin Marciniszyn - Zug / Switzerland
  8. Order of Malta (Canadian Association) (and all our benefactors who sent their donations for us through them)
  9. Nampak - Johannesburg / South Africa
  10. Mrs. Hildegard Grulich - Mainhausen / Germany
  11. Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa
  12. SAPPI - Mandeni / South Africa
  13. Mr. Victor Claudius - Durban / South Africa
  14. Vilseck gibt Hoffnung e.V. - Vilseck / Germany
  15. Andreas Schmeller Gymnasium - Nabburg / Germany
  16. Share for Smiles e.V. - Germany
  17. Dr. Robert Bock - Kösching / Germany
  18. Inkamana Abbey - Vryheid / South Africa (and all our benefactors who sent their donations for us through them)
  19. Father Josef König - Pielenhofen / Germany
  20. Mr. Johannes Lagleder - Neuburg / Germany
  21. Gymnasium Puchheim / Germany
  22. Passauer Kreis e.V. - Passau / Germany
  23. Caritas St. Stephan - Wien / Österreich
  24. Schottenpfarre - Wien / Österreich
  25. South African Sugar Association - Mount Edgecombe / South Africa

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