‘Paddy Kearney Memorial Lecture’ encourages social cohesion
Celebrating his 77th Birthday, the Durban University of Technology and Gandhi Development Trust hosted the first-anniversary memorial lecture in honour of the late Paddy Kearney.
Gerald Patrick Kearney known as Paddy was a founder of Diakonia Council of Churches. A founding member of World Conference on Religions for Peace, Detainees Support Committee and the Crisis Network.
Paddy left a teaching career to pursue his calling in the church and served as a dedicated servant of a church. He was also a founding trustee of Gandhi Development Trust and founder of the Denis Hurley Centre.
The attendees reminisced on what a man and true servant Paddy was. A man who fought against injustice and a man who prevailed justice for all. Friends and family of Paddy shared what he stood for and their sentiments regarding his views.
During the discussions, people highlighted South African issues from youth unemployment, discrimination and xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
A founding trustee of the Gandhi Development Trust, Ela Gandhi said she worked with Paddy on many issues and will remember him because of his wisdom, spirituality and great compassion.
Ela emphasised that the memorial lecture is not enough, they need to do more and something to keep his legacy alive and extended her gratitude to those who attended the memorial lecture.
Director of Diakonia Council of Churches Nomabelu Dandala said Paddy was a close friend of hers and devoted his enormous time and energy to help people.
“As we celebrate Paddy to this memorial, it is for us to continue to move our country forward,” said Dandala.
Picture: Sibonginkosi Mabika