At the end of July, 1995 the first sod of soil was turned on the site in Anderson Road, Mandeni for Blessed Gérard's Care Centre. At the end of October, 1995 the building contractors moved onto site. The building of this wonderful facility has begun! After three years of thought, preparation and fund raising Blessed Gérard's Care Centre is finally becoming a reality. This facility is a new concept in primary health care and is being watched by many organisations both' within South Africa and overseas. It is community based and will be of great benefit to the people of the area. This is a chance for local people to take responsibility for their own welfare and to help themselves. They are also being given the opportunity to reap the rewards gained from helping their fellow man. In these times when AIDS is rife and primary health cue is so hard to come by, this facility will be an innovative way for people to gain genuine skills in helping themselves and their families. Do not think that this centre is for AIDS sufferers only - Blessed Gérard's Care Centre will have a fourfold function:
Blessed Gérard's Care Centre which will be staffed by volunteers will not charge for any of the services offered, but will run purely on donations. There will be no discrimination against colour, creed or financial status.
the north coast courier ˇ No 395 Volume Ten ˇ Friday December 22, 1995
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