Nonhlanhla and Gcina prepare Christmas lunch
Nonhlanhla and Gcina preparing Christmas lunch

Or in this case, for the do-gooders! The Denis Hurley Centre has a full calendar throughout the year, but the work their members do over the festive season is particularly important, providing company – and good food! – to the city’s homeless at a time when they need it most. While for many the holidays are a time of celebration, but for those people without family, Christmas can be a very lonely and desperate time. With volunteers coming in on Christmas day to prepare a delicious meal of roast chicken, pap and coleslaw, Durban’s less fortunate are treated not only to a delectable meal, but also to the warmth and friendship that the Centre’s volunteers exude!

The newly branded Street Lit trolleys
The newly branded Street Lit trolleys

And with Durban being a magnet for December holidaymakers, the Denis Hurley Centre took the opportunity to launch their Street Lit programme on Durban’s new and improved promenade! Not only are the booksellers selling their wares from their new-look shopping trolleys, which have been cleverly wrapped in Street Lit branding, but they’ve also been upskilled. In addition to selling books to beachgoers (what’s better than reading your favourite paperback with the sound of the waves crashing in the background?), the Street Lit crew have also been trained by St John, providing much needed extra first aid care on Durban’s beachfront. Being mobile, the booksellers can move around relatively easily and have been spotted all over the city, including at the Essenwood Market. Here, bookseller, Pat Khumalo, went to the aid of a stall holder who had taken ill. He was able to assist the fellow trader until the ambulance arrived – a perfect example of how given the right support all members of society can give back and become part of the greater community!

Pat Khumalo on the Durban promenade
Pat Khumalo on the Durban promenade

You can support the Street Lit programme by donating books at the following drop-off points:

  • St Dominic’s in Hillcrest: 1 Mill Rd Hillcrest, Linda 031 765 1741/
  • Our Lady of Mercy in Kloof: 79 Old Main Rd, Thembi 031 767 0101/
  • All Saints in Ballito: 61 Townsend Rd, Stephen 032 946 2905/
  • iCare in Mount Edgecombe: 57 Hambridge Ave, Somerset Park, Shirley 031 572 6870/
  • Grace Church in uMhlanga: 400 uMhlanga Rocks Dr, Dave 031 575 9300/
  • Our Lady of Fatima in Durban North: 155 Kenneth Kaunda Rd/Northway, Anna 031 563 5390/
  • Musgrave Methodist: 237 Musgrave Rd, Jan 031 201 2005/
  • St Josephs in Morningside: 21 Florida Rd, Rose 031 303 1905/
  • DHC: Paddy Kearney Way, Jean Marie 031 301 2240/
  • iCare: 53 Stamford Hill Rd, Shirley 031 309 4960/
  • Manning Rd Methodist in Glenwood: Cnr Manning and Moore, Nathi 031 202 8262/
  • St Francis Xavier: 21 Sormany Rd, Brighton Beach, Pat 031 467 0524/

The Denis Hurley Centre forms part of the Durban Liberation Heritage Route

Images courtesy of the Denis Hurley Centre Facebook page

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