The Denis Hurley Centre hosts its annual ‘Hurley Weekend‘ every year around February 13th, in honour of Archbishop Denis Hurley‘s passing in 2004. The meeting is to update stakeholders on what’s been happening over the year, sharing stories from partners, volunteers, and staff members about their various upliftment projects. The director of the centre, Raymond Perrier, shared that the weekend strives to remember the Archbishop – recognised for his commitment to social justice and equality – and celebrate the centre’s achievements over the past year.
This year’s event will include the Barry Wood Award for Outstanding Service and a virtual Q&A where members of the public can submit their questions.
A place of community
As always, the theme of community is at the heart of the centre’s work and this year will be no different, despite things taking a virtual turn. On the event, Perrier said:
“Since we are not restricted to Durban, we will have voices from around the country and around the world. There can’t be many AGMs where you can hear homeless people on the same platform as Archbishops, professors and a Constitutional Court judge! And to recognise all the support we have received from artists, and how much support they need at this time, there will be a special artistic element.”
The centre, which emerged in 2015 after a slew of xenophobic attacks in Durban in 2008, strives to be a place of “care, education, and community.” Projects include the Nkosinathi programme for the homeless, Usizo Lwethu Afrisun Clinic, Refugee Pastoral Care, and Sewing for Africa.
The centre often needs the help of volunteers at their food kitchen and are currently in need of some extra hands. If you are looking to volunteer around Durban and want to be a part of feeding the homeless community, be sure to get in touch with them here.
Remembering Hurley’s legacy
Denis Hurley is fondly remembered as the ‘guardian of the light‘, and he used his prominent position within the Catholic church to illuminate the horror of apartheid and shine a light on the need for justice.
On the anniversary of his passing and in memory of his extraordinary life and incredible work in the fight for justice, let us remember his words and do our part to help our communities:
“Those of us who fail to do our share to ensure that these rights are respected are guilty, not merely of failing in kindness and compassion, but also of failing in justice.”