In honour of South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation on Wednesday, December 16th 2020, the Denis Hurley Centre is encouraging locals to engage in “acts of reconciliation.” While the centre usually hosts an annual meal to mark the occasion, it is unable to this year due to Covid-19. It has highlighted how this year, as precarious as it’s been, has shown us the importance of greater solidarity and support within communities. The director of the centre, Raymond Perrier, shared:
“We can each help to bridge the gaps between groups that exist in our society. One thing the virus has brought home this year is that when any one of us is vulnerable, every one of us is vulnerable, all the more reason to work harder to live in solidarity with our fellow citizens in Durban.”
Archbishop Denis Hurley himself was a great advocate of social justice and sought to make his world a kinder and more inclusive place. As such, the centre seeks to continue this mission and play an important role in servicing Durban’s community.
Promoting Reconciliation Within Communities
Each day the centre shares innovative and simple ways in which people can be a part of making their community better. These are easy to access via their Facebook page and offer some great tips for anyone looking to do their part. Some of the ideas include:
- Volunteering at a local organisation or the Denis Hurley Centre itself. Members of the public are welcome to volunteer at the centre’s soup kitchen and can learn more about it here.
- Supporting Durban-based craftspeople and artisans and buying local products this festive season. It has been a tough year for all and supporting smaller businesses is a fantastic way to support your community and boost the local economy.
- Learn about other faiths and cultures so as to broaden your horizons and glean deeper knowledge about your fellow human beings. Chat with those who practice different customs and traditions and gain a new perspective. This helps to bridge divides and promote unity.
- Give back to those without shelter and create a Christmas care package. The centre is creating gift bags and asking people to donate toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, and more. They can be dropped at the centre before December 22nd.
- Support a refugee child and buy them a school uniform or some stationery supplies for the year ahead. Refugees are some of the most marginalised people in our society and every act of kindness can go a long way. For more information contact Refugee Social Services on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to help and be an agent of reconciliation, contact the centre on 031 301 2240 or email email@example.com. Every contribution counts and we can all do our bit in promoting true reconciliation.