It’s been a very busy couple of months for the Denis Hurley Centre! In June the centre was host to the 2019 Street Store, organised in collaboration with Grace Family Church. More than 120 volunteers took part in the event which saw just over 1000 homeless people visit the store where they could ‘shop’ for clothes, have their hair cut, be treated to a manicure and enjoy a warm meal. By all accounts it was a wonderful day filled with kindness and dignity.
Then just last week the Denis Hurley Centre (DHC) announced the arrival of their new mobile clinic amidst great fanfare! The clinic, a high-roof Mercedes Sprinter which has been converted into a state-of-the-art mobile clinic, has already been in operation for a few months now, but was officially handed over by the Japanese government last Thursday in a wonderful celebration of music and dance! The government of Japan has invested R1 million into the clinic, enabling the centre to treat their patients in hygienic conditions:
Everything we do is focused on treating people with dignity and helping them restore their self-respect. Being able to examine homeless patients in clean and modern conditions with privacy and sensitivity means that we are treating people the way we would want to be treated ourselves”, Raymond Perrier, Director of the DHC
In addition to this mobile service the DHC also sees patients at the centre itself and at a satellite clinic near Dalton Beer Hall. All in all the the DHC sees over 2,500 patients a month, most of whom have no other means of accessing healthcare.
And, as we speak, the DHC’s Street Bookselling team is taking part in the SAB Foundation’s Social Innovation Awards in Johannesburg. The team were invited to attend the conference in Sandton as one of the top 15 applicants, selected from over 2000 entries! Go Team Denis Hurley! If they’re successful they stand to receive not only funding, but also mentorship and technical expertise to help grow the Street Bookselling initiative.
We wish centre director, Raymond Perrier, and his team all the best for today’s presentation to the SAB Foundation, and thank them for the invaluable work they do for the city of Durban!
The Denis Hurley Centre forms part of the Durban Liberation Heritage Route