Saturday, 23 May 2015

Candlelight Memorial: 'Supporting the Future'

Currently, we are not meeting the needs of people living with HIV, with many facing lack of access to treatment, care and support. Many are also facing discrimination and criminalisation. The theme for Candlelight Memorial this year was ‘Supporting the future’. Members of St. George's Cathedral joined thousands of people around the world in remembering people who have died of HIV, celebrating the lives of people living with HIV and praying for a sustainable HIV response.

Carers' Retreat 2015

On 8 – 10 May 2015, CHATT held a Carers’ Retreat at St. Raphael’s Retreat House in Faure with carers from Heaven’s Nest, St. Michael’s and St. George’s children homes. The carers work with children who are vulnerable and displaced. Many of the children are living with or affected by HIV. Several CHATT members joined the retreat and enjoyed activities, games, reflections and time with the carers. Father Raphael Mxolisi of St. George’s Cathedral led a special service on 10 May with the carers.

It is so important to care for the Carers, as without rest, they cannot continue giving the 110% they do every day to the children in their care, as well as their own families.

Friday, 8 May 2015

TB - a massive health concern for us all

To mark International TB Day (24 March), the Cathedral stocked up on TB information and communication materials and distributed leaflets after the 9.30am service on Sunday 22 March. We also had special prayers for people affected by TB.  TB is an important issue in our community and particularly affects people living with HIV who are susceptible to contracting illnesses due to their weak immune systems. We all have a role to play in ensuring we stay healthy and supporting others to stay healthy.